Sacked government industrial strategy adviser Lord Heseltine says he never met Prime Minister Theresa May

 
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Heseltine was sacked last night after participating in a Brexit rebellion among peers (Source: Getty)

Tory big beast Lord Heseltine has revealed that he never met Prime Minister Theresa May, despite holding five different roles as an adviser to her government.

Heseltine, who was sacked late last night after joining the Brexit rebellion in the House of Lords, had worked on areas including May's flagship industrial strategy, and had been due to visit Swansea with the secretary of state for Wales, Alun Cairns, today.

However, in spite of his role, he today told Sky News, "I don't think I have ever met Theresa May. We may have been in the same collegiate circumstances years and years ago, but I've certainly not met her in recent years."

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The Tory peer described himself as "a leftover" from David Cameron's government, but admitted that his remit had been expanded under May's government.

Speaking on International Womens' Day, Heseltine also risked finding himself in hot water by stating that May "has got a man-sized job", before being corrected, which he admitted was "perfectly right".

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Asked about last night's rebellion in the House of Lords, the former deputy prime minister said his vote was "inevitable".

"I have walked through the lobbies with one Conservative Prime Minister after another, arguing that Britain's interests and Europe's are inextricably linked – are self interests. So I'm not going to change my mind now."

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