Theresa May says she wants to lead the Conservatives into the next General Election

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Theresa May's First Official Visit To Japan As Prime Minister - Day One
The Prime Minister is on a trip to drum up trade with Japan (Source: Getty)

Theresa May has said she intends to stay in power for the "long term" and that she wants to lead the Conservative party into the next General Election.

The Prime Minister, who is currently on a trade mission to Japan, has said she wants to deliver Brexit and shape the UK's position on the global stage in the years after it has left the bloc.

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The next General Election is due to take place in 2022, and there has been speculation May will be ousted before then as payment for delivering a hung parliament in the election this year.

May responded to the election result by removing top advisers and securing a governing agreement with the Democratic Unionists. Speaking to reporters in Japan, she appeared adamant she will survive for a full term.

The Prime Minister told the BBC: "Yes, I'm here for the long term. What me and my government are about is not just delivering on Brexit but delivering a brighter future for the UK.

"It is my intention to deliver not just a good Brexit deal for the UK but to ensure 'global Britain' can take its place in the world, trading around the world and we deal with those injustices domestically that we need to do to ensure that strong, more global but also fairer Britain for the future."

A recent poll of Conservative party members named Brexit secretary David Davis as the favourite to succeed May as leader.

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