LORD Harris, a founder of the Harris Academy and donor to the Thurrock Conservatives has branded the Prime Minister, Theresa May as ‘hopeless’ and ‘very indecisive’.
The former Conservative deputy treasurer, said her government was weak, had alienated business and was mishandling Brexit.
In a withering attack, he said she was hopeless during the election and should have walked.
The carpet magnate told The Times: ‘Theresa May is no Thatcher. Thatcher used to make decisions. Not everyone liked her but you knew where you stood.’
Although a ‘Conservative through and through’, the peer would prefer a ‘strong Labour government’ led by a figure like Tony Blair to the present administration.
He said Boris Johnson was a ‘genius’ but was too lazy to be an effective leader, while Michael Gove has ‘no personality’.
The peer instead backed Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson for the top job.
‘She’s very practical, very solid and won’t give in,’ he said. ‘She’s clever as well as growing up on a council estate. I think she’s top class.’
Lord Harris of Peckham has a number of close connections to Thurrock with his company Carpetright based in Purfleet.
He sponsors the Harris Academy schools in Chafford Hundred.
He has also donated locally to the Thurrock Conservative Group.