July 2016: May is the golden leader among her backbenchers and party members. Falling into line behind the new boss, Tory back benchers were delighted by her appeal to voters in Labour heartlands.
July 2017: Without a majority, May makes a deal with the Democratic Unionists that offends supporters of sexual equality, and costs the tax paper an extra billion pounds in public spending. Backbenchers reportedly search for another candidate to replace her, and May is only saved because they came up short.
Speaking with the Huffington Post, the political historian Anthony Selsdon called it the worst crisis for the Conservatives in a century.
The Tory Party is now more in trouble than at any point for 100 years since the immediate aftermath of the First World War.
The Tory Party is now more divided than it was over Suez, more divided than at any point [since] 1918.
I think it’s down to the fact the country was anyway in a difficult position because Brexit was going to go wrong,
I think she was in a ‘no-win’ situation over the General Election. If it hadn’t been called, she would be having a terribly difficult summer, people would be saying she’d blown it.
In an interview with the Sun published 12 July, May said she wanted to be prime minister for 'the next few years', in order to see through Brexit negotiations.
Why bother prime minister? It doesn't look like any fun.