Theresa May thanks her 'rock' Philip for beans on toast and getting her through 'heavy couple of days'

Prime Minister Theresa May with her husband Philip Credit: Aaron Chown/PA

Prime Minister Theresa May has thanked her husband Philip, describing him as her “rock” during one of the toughest weeks of her political career.

As Mrs May faced resignations, threats of a coup and personal attacks over her Brexit deal, her husband of 38 years was on hand to provide much-needed moral support.

After she returned to the Downing Street flat following Wednesday’s fiery five-hour Cabinet meeting, Philip was on hand to provide respite.

“It’s been a pretty heavy couple of days. When I went up to the flat late on Wednesday, around 11pm, the first thing Philip did was to pour me a whiskey, Penderyn Welsh whiskey – though I do drink Scotch as well,” she said.

“On Thursday, he served up beans on toast for tea,” she said, in an interview with the Daily Mail. “I opened the tin! He made the toast – and did the washing up!”

With furious backlash against Mrs May over her Brexit plan – and demands for a no-confidence vote against her – her husband could not help but feel the hurt of the situation too, she admitted.

“It’s often harder for the other half because they are watching it and feel protective and think ‘Why are they saying that to my wife?’,” she added.

But despite the turmoil, Mrs May has remained defiant and has vowed to fight on and deliver Brexit, with her husband firmly in her corner.

The pair recently attended the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Credit: PA

“I always say he is my rock. It's hugely important to have somebody there who is supportive of you, not involved in the intricacies of politics, but there to provide human support, ” she said.

It is Philip who urges her to keep going, she added, as he encourages her to “keep doing the right thing”.

Mr and Mrs May were married in 1980 after meeting as students at Oxford University. The pair were introduced at a Conservative Association dance by the late Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto.