During Wednesday’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Sir David took the opportunity to praise his former Southend parliamentary colleague Sir Teddy Taylor following his recent death and also the defection of four Southend councillors including the former Mayor of Southend, Judith McMahon, to the Conservative Party.
The MP for Southend West said:
“Does my right hon. Friend agree that with the death of Sir Teddy Taylor the country has lost an outstanding parliamentarian, a great constituency Member of Parliament and a true patriot? Does my right hon. Friend further agree that if Sir Teddy were alive today he would be delighted to learn that the outgoing Labour mayor of Southend, plus three unaligned councillors, have all joined the Conservative party?”
In response, the Prime Minister joined Sir David in his praise for the former Member of Parliament for Rochford and Southend East:
“I join my hon. Friend in recognising the great contribution Sir Teddy Taylor made in his time in this House as a Member of Parliament for different seats, including Southend, although I have to say to my hon. Friend that one of my abiding memories of Sir Teddy is the number of times we had to evacuate Portcullis House because he had set the fire alarm off by smoking where he was not supposed to—in his office."
Mrs May also showed her delight with the recent Southend Council majority increase:
“I am very pleased to welcome the former Labour mayor and the unaligned councillors who have now joined the Conservative party. We welcome them to the Conservative party and look forward to working with them.”