Don't take our word for it...

Perhaps you think our comments on Mrs May are just sour grapes. Well, don't take our word for it. Listen to what some of the leading political journalists have to say about her:

Fraser Nelson, editor of The Spectator and political columnist for The News of The World:

"She’s been around for years and – to put it mildly - does not have a reputation as a nuts-and-bolts, high-energy performer."

"But that changed when Theresa May was promoted to welfare reform, something which did more to damage my confidence in the Cameron project than anything else since 2007. It seemed to suggest to me that Cameron was not serious about welfare reform (given May's track  record of achieving squat, in any field)."

Jean Eaglesham, Chief Political Correspondent of the Financial Times:

"Theresa Who? Tory women fail profile test... Theresa May, the highest profile front-bench woman Tory MP, was named unprompted by 6 per cent of respondents to the poll. On prompting, more than a third said they had "never heard" of her, despite her position as shadow work and pensions secretary."

Peter Hitchens, author and columnist for The Mail on Sunday:

"Mrs Theresa May, who gained prominence by describing her own party as ‘nasty’ and wearing silly shoes, is a key part of the Cameron project... And she is visibly turning into Harriet Harman, a person the Tory loyalists claim to loathe. So why do these loyalists plan to vote for a party that promotes Mrs May to a top position?"

Benedict Brogan, Deputy Editor of the Daily Telegraph:

"As I tap Jon Snow is tearing into Theresa May for the failure of the Conservatives under David Cameron to crack down on abuses of MPs’ expenses in the four years he’s been leader, ie before the Telegraph produced its revelations about expenses."

Simon Heffer, associate editor of the Daily Telegraph:

"You [David Cameron] send Mrs Theresa May on to the Today programme to refuse to defend capitalism, as she so brilliantly did yesterday."

"The Tories are committed to holding Labour's levels of spending, should they ever come to power, and not cutting them - however obscene and unsustainable they might be - but promising merely to increase them by less than Labour would. In other words, all those billions of government-analysed waste can stay, because the party fears renewing its reputation for being "nasty" by engaging in what sensible people would call justified efficiency savings, but what Theresa May and her allies in incorrect thinking would call 'cuts'."

Telegraph View (i.e. leader):

"There are some obvious candidates for such a cull... Theresa May, too, has made little impact at work and pensions."