18 June 2017

Troubled Theresa May has held private prayer sessions with the Archbishop of Canterbury

EMBATTLED Theresa May has held private prayer sessions with the Archbishop of Canterbury, allies reveal.

The PM sought spiritual guidance from Justin Welby and is said to find it “a great comfort”.

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The private prayer meetings are believed to have brought the PM “a great comfort”[/caption]

Details of their meetings emerged as bruised Mrs May struggled to recover from her worst spell in politics.

In the past fortnight, she has lost her Commons majority after a disastrous election campaign and faced street demos over her handling of the Grenfell Tower inferno.

Senior Tories told Mrs May to shape up or go. They have made it clear to her that she has to get a grip and return to the winning streak she displayed before the election catastrophe.

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It is understood that senior Tories have told Mrs May to shape up or go[/caption]


An insider said: “She knows she is only in place conditionally and that if things don’t improve we will have no choice but to remove her.”

Sources say the vicar’s daughter has been seeing Archbishop Welby, whose Lambeth Palace base is just six minutes by car from Downing Street.

One told The Sun on Sunday: “Theresa has an unshakable faith and it’s no secret that she goes to church every Sunday with her husband Philip. What isn’t so widely known is that she has had meetings and held prayers with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

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It is not thought that Mrs May has met the Archbishop since the election[/caption]

Days before the General Election, Mrs May was in the bar of a Leeds hotel meeting women from a church organisation who were at a faith conference. She posed for selfies with them and agreed to take part in an impromptu group prayer standing in the middle of the crowded bar. A pal said: “Theresa is a little reserved which may not have done her any good in the cut and thrust of an election. But she’s quite upfront about her faith.”

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Lambeth Palace is just a six minute car ride from Downing Street[/caption]

It is thought Mrs May and Justin Welby have not met since the election.

A spokesman for Lambeth Palace said the Archbishop did not reveal the identity of those he met in private.

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