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Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry and Jeremy Corbyn: Was this their reaction when they heard Theresa May is planning to retire in 2019? [Image: Justin Tallis via Getty Images.]

How deluded can Theresa May be?

That’s a fine question to ask, I know, of a woman who called a general election in the firm belief that the public would give her 100 extra seats in Parliament, even though she didn’t actually go out and meet any of us.

She seems to have accepted that her miserable performance in the election – losing the Conservatives’ Parliamentary majority and being forced to arrange a deal with the far-right Northern Irish DUP in order to run a minority government – means she’ll have to go before the next one, and she has pencilled in August 30, 2019 as her “quit by” date.

She has been spending the summer wining and dining her backbench MPs in a bid to stave off any rebellions and leadership challenges:

Theresa May has pencilled in Friday, August 30, 2019 as the day she will quit as Prime Minister.

That gives her exactly two years to see Britain through Brexit before handing over to her successor.

Mrs May is on a charm offensive with her MPs – entertaining small groups of 15 plus partners to a day out at her Chequers country retreat.

Each MP is emailed personal invitations until they accept.

One Tory MP who was a guest said: “It’s clear she won’t lead us into another election and will be gone by September 2019. She invited MPs to Chequers to ensure there isn’t a ­leadership contest in the meantime.

“Giving the dogs a stroke is better than giving them a kick, I suppose.”

Doesn’t seem to be going too well, does it?

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn has been spending the summer campaigning in Tory marginal constituencies across the UK, and he reckons Mrs May will be out on her ear a lot sooner than she’d like to claim:

Theresa May’s government is doomed to collapse and a fresh election “in the near future” is inevitable, Jeremy Corbyn has told HuffPost UK.

The Labour leader said the Tory minority administration will fail before its five-year fixed term is up and Brits should have a fresh choice on their Prime Minister if the Conservatives switch leader.

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