In her first political speech since she stood down as Prime Minister in June, Mrs May hit out at Mr Johnson’s approach. She noted that the Queen’s Speech on Monday contained “many bills” to improve people’s quality of life but said it was important to recognise that “actually, it’s not about headlines”. In an address to the Commons, Mrs May said: “Governing is about delivering practical solutions to the problems that people face day-to-day.
“You can have the best headlines, the greatest oratory and the most arresting phrases but they’re of no use if they don’t actually practically deliver for people and that’s what this Government is about.”
Her cutting comments reminded many MPs of the acrimonious relationship between Margaret Thatcher and Sir John Major, who famously fell out after she departed Downing Street in 1990.
Mrs May also took the opportunity to remind the House that she had developed many of the bills proposed.
“The Queen’s Speech sets the tone for the sort of country we want to be post-Brexit, and I’m pleased to see in the Queen’s Speech so many bills taking forward work that was proposed or started under the Government I had the privilege to lead,” she said.
Mrs May cited the Domestic Abuse and Serious Violence bills as two important pieces of legislation.
But she said a points-based immigration system was “not an answer” and urged Home Secretary Priti Patel to “look very carefully at the lessons learnt in the past”.