David Cameron has defended his decision to leave office after a second term if re-elected, arguing that the electorate would see it as “a very reasonable, sensible thing to say”.
Revelations that the PM would not be continuing as Tory party leader after 2020 came on Monday, although Cameron has insisted that he is “taking absolutely nothing for granted”.
His announcement roused speculation that a leadership battle between Home Secretary Theresa May, Chancellor George Osborne and London Mayor Boris Johnson may ensue following his resignation.
Yet critics of the Prime Minister predict that his intentions to leave office after serving another 5-year term may weaken the campaign for re-election ahead of May 7.
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls said that the PM was “spectacularly self-indulgent, presumptuous and arrogant” for implying that he would take victory for granted.
Former Conservative Cabinet minister Michael Portillo added that the Prime Minister’s announcement was “bizarre”.
But Mr Cameron asserted that voters should “just focus on the issue” of who they wanted to win the election.
He added: “”My entire focus is on the next 44 days and the general election, which will decide which team runs this country for the next five years.
“I want that to be me and my team but the alternative is it is Ed Miliband and his team, and that is the focus that I have in the days ahead.”