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It was love at first sight, says PM May as she joins husband on One Show sofa

By David Hughes

Theresa May and husband Philip said it was "love at first sight" as the pair opened up about their personal life in a joint interview.

Mr May said it was "humbling" that people are "entrusting their futures" to his wife, while the Prime Minister revealed she got him to do the "boy jobs" around the house.

Appearing on BBC1's The One Show sofa, Mr May said that there was "give and take in every marriage", but acknowledged that his room for manoeuvre in negotiations with his wife was limited.

"I get to decide when I take the bins out, not if I take the bins out," he said.

The Prime Minister jumped in to say: "There's boy jobs and girl jobs."

Conservative campaign chiefs will hope the joint interview showed the Tory leader's human side in the run-up to the June 8 General Election.

Both of the Mays agreed it was love at first sight when they were introduced at an Oxford University student disco by mutual friend Benazir Bhutto - later prime minister of Pakistan.

Asked for his first impressions of the woman who would become his wife, Philip said: "What a lovely girl!" And he gallantly added: "And she still is."

Asked by presenter Alex Jones whether he "fancied her instantly", Mr May replied: "Absolutely, it was love at first sight."

Mrs May chimed in: "Likewise."

The programme showed pictures of the Mays' wedding, conducted by Theresa's Anglican vicar father Hubert Brasier in his Oxfordshire church in 1980 - only a year before his death in a car crash.

"It brings back huge memories of a very happy childhood," said Mrs May, looking at the photograph.

Mrs May, who was wearing black flat shoes with a tassle, said she did not mind the media's interest in her footwear.

"I like my shoes, and it gives me a reason for buying more," she said.

Asked what was his equivalent fashion interest, Philip said: "I quite like ties. I like jackets, stuff like that. Fairly normal."

The City financier (59) joked: "If you're the kind of man who expects his tea to be on the table at six o'clock every evening, you could be a disappointed man."

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