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Geri Horner defends Theresa May amid Brexit turmoil

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With the country in turmoil, former Spice Girl Geri Horner thinks we should go easy on PM Theresa May

As the war over Brexit continues to engulf Westminster this week, Theresa May is under fire from all angles - but the embattled Prime Minister has at least one advocate in the form of Geri Horner.

The former Spice Girl singer is bringing her #girlpower credentials to bear in calling for “credit” for a woman “getting ranted at every day”.

“Anybody who is standing up, no matter what they’re rooting for, you’ve got to give them credit,” Horner says of the PM, in a new interview with The Sunday Times.

“She’s doing her best with what she’s got, so she deserves a bit of support for that, for God’s sake. I would like to see [how] somebody else [gets on] standing there, because that is a hard job.” 

Prime Minister Theresa May is under fire for her handling of the Brexit crisis

Prime Minister Theresa May faced renewed calls for her resignation this week

In a dramatic week that has seen 12 cross-party MPs quit to join the newly formed Independence Group, and Cabinet Ministers urging May to set an exit date for her resignation, the political landscape seems more fractured than ever before. 

But Horner, who refuses to say how she voted over Brexit, believes unity is now needed to find a way out of the crisis.

 “Whatever we do, just find a way to stand together,” she says. “It’s sad when you see people ranting, when you turn on the television and watch the House of Commons. It would be nice to see differences of opinion respected.

“[…] This isn’t easy but whatever’s happening, let’s stand together and support each other.”

Of May, she adds: “I do feel it’s not an easy task for a woman getting ranted at every day.”

Unexpectedly, Horner also singles out WWII leader Winston Churchill for praise as “the original Spice Girl”. 

“He won a war for us and he got fired […] That is the one to follow,” she says. 

The original Spice Girls line-up, back in the '90s

The Spice Girls channelling Girl Power, back in the 1990s

Horner is set to dust off her Ginger Spice shoes this summer, as she joins Mel B, Mel C and Emma Bunton for a hotly-anticipated reunion tour (minus Victoria Beckham).

She says the #MeToo movement has made her realise “a lot of behaviour is not excusable” in the music industry, but, she adds: “I haven’t really looked back. We can’t change the past […] a lot of it is ignorance, if they [men] don’t know any different, and it’s cultural.”

And the singer is keen to point out that men’s vulnerability should not be overlooked: 

“There are men that feel completely displaced or depressed. I’ve always said that it’s not about man-hating. If men feel they’re not allowed to cry, if they’re storing those feelings up, that’s not healthy either.”

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Anna Brech

Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for stylist.co.uk. Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.