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Theresa May reveals how she copes with ‘world’s most stressful job’

Hiking, cooking and a US drama series help the Prime Minister unwind.

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a Cabinet meeting at Sage Gateshead, Tyne and Wear (PA)
Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a Cabinet meeting at Sage Gateshead, Tyne and Wear (PA)

An extensive library of more than 150 cookbooks and episodes of crime show NCIS help Theresa May unwind, the Prime Minister has revealed.

Mrs May also referred to her well-documented love of walking when asked how she copes with the stresses of life in Number 10.

Answering questions from workers at an engineering firm in Newcastle, Mrs May said cooking allowed her to enjoy the benefits of both making food and eating it.

The Prime Minister has faced claims from critics that her approach to Brexit involves “having your cake and eating it”.

Mrs May was asked how she coped with what was probably “the world’s most stressful job at the moment”.

The Prime Minister’s love of walking with husband Philip led to her disastrous decision to call a snap general election in 2017, an idea conceived during a hiking trip to Wales.

She told workers at the factory: “I like walking, my husband and I enjoy going walking when we can, taking holidays walking.

Theresa May has given details of how she likes to unwind, including walking holidays with husband Philip (Marco Bertorello/PA)

“I enjoy cooking, which has a benefit because you get to eat it as well as make it – I own over 150 cookbooks so I spend quite a lot of time looking at cookbooks.”

The former home secretary said she enjoyed the American crime drama series NCIS, which focuses on investigating wrongdoing in the US navy and marines.

“Does anyone here know the American series NCIS? I quite like watching NCIS when I can,” she said.

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