Theresa May heaped praise on Amber Rudd’s debate performance but refused to address speculation that she is in the running to become chancellor after the election.
Speaking in Teesside at the start of a three-stop tour through Labour territory, Mrs May said that the home secretary had done “an absolutely excellent job” in Wednesday’s debate.
The prime minister refused to debate other party leaders directly so sent Ms Rudd in her place to the seven-way debate. Jeremy Corbyn made a late decision to take part.
Mrs May did not reveal whether she had watched the debate live.