THERESA May was left speechless last night - after drawing a blank on how she’d let her hair down on a “perfect girls’ night out”.
Interviewed on ITV for International Women’s Day, she was quizzed about what her dream night off from politics would be.
But challenged twice by presenter Julie Etchingham about what she would do with a group of pals, she could only stutter: “What a question! I haven’t thought about it, because my International Women’s Day is heavily focused on what we’re doing on domestic abuse”.
“I’m not going to have the time to have the girls round and have an evening together I’m afraid, I don’t think when you let your hair down there’s only one way of doing it.
She then went on: “I think it depends on the group that you’ve got, it depends on the time. But as I say, my International Women’s Day is rather more focused not on what we can do to enjoy ourselves but actually on what we can do to help women out there, women who are suffering, women who are being abused and whose lives are being made a daily living hell.”
The PM also revealed she’d never experienced domestic abuse - or severe misogyny.
Questioned about experiencing “everyday” sexism, she added: “I‘ve been very fortunate through my life and through my working career that I’ve not, never had to suffer the sort of misogyny - I’ve never suffered from domestic abuse.
“But there are so many women up and down the country who do on a daily basis.
“I think it’s important that we women do stand up and say to – ‘let’s do this on the basis of equals’.”
Asked if she felt she would have failed as PM if she didn’t improve women’s lives in Britain, she added: “What we’re doing on the domestic abuse agenda is raising the issue because while women feel better able to come forward about abuse in the workplace, I still fear that all too often people aren’t or don’t feel able to stand up and talk about abuse that takes place in the home.
“I want to change that. I want people to have the confidence to come forward and know that they’ll get the support they need.”
The PM also underlined a previous pledge to provide sustainable funding for women’s refuges - a cause pushed by The Sun’s Give Me Shelter campaign.
She added: “We’re committed to sustainable funding for refuges. What we’re doing is actually working with organisations, with the charities involved to make sure that we do get this right.
“Again, it’s about making sure that we get this on the right footing. What we want to do ensure there isn’t a postcode lottery in future for women, too many women and victims of domestic abuse have felt that lottery exists today.”Theresa May slams Jeremy Corbyn for ‘mansplaining’ International Women’s Day to her at PMQs