May 18, 2017 / 11:48 AM / 2 months ago

There is no 'Mayism', British PM May says

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May's launches her election manifesto in Halifax, May 18, 2017.Phil Noble

HALIFAX, England (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said she stood within the mainstream of British Conservative party thought on Thursday, rejecting the suggestion that she had a distinctive personal approach or wanted to be compared with Margaret Thatcher.

"There is no 'Mayism'. I know you journalists like to write about it. There is good solid Conservatism, which puts the interests of the country and the interests of ordinary working people at the heart of everything we do in government," she said at a news conference to launch the Conservatives' policy pledges before a national election she called for June.

The manifesto included a number of curbs on businesses, which contrast with the free-market approach taken by Thatcher, regarded by many Conservatives as their most successful leader since World War Two.

Reporting by William James, Writing by David Milliken; Editing by Alistair Smout

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