The outgoing Prime Minister was spotted touring with her chief whip Julian Smith offices in Portcullis House, the newest office building in Westminster. Mrs May, who headed to the office building shortly after yesterday’s heated PMQs, was accompanied by her security entourage. Mr Johnson’s office is among the biggest and best in the building. He was gifted the office courtesy of a swap by a friend in April to accommodate his campaign team ahead of the Tory leadership contest.
Mrs May was spotted heading towards the former Foreign Secretary’s office, the Sun wrote, sparking speculation they may swap offices if he wins the race.
Mr Johnson’s office is one of the largest and best-positioned in Portcullis House, overlooking the Portcullis House atrium.
He was given it by Tory grandee Sir Mike Penning, MP for Hemel Hempstead since 2005 and Eurosceptic.
However, Mrs May is believed to be favouring one of the big corner offices overlooking Parliament Square.
A No10 source confirmed the PM was looking for a new office, saying: “The Prime Minister was checking out new office space, yes.
“I am not sure whether the office was in Portcullis House though.
“Clearly she will have to vacate hers when she steps down as Prime Minister.”
Mrs May will have to leave her office in three-week time, on July 24, after the new leader of the Conservative Party is announced.
While her future in Westminster is still uncertain, Mrs May is believed to be remaining in London as MP for Maidenhead.
Mr Johnson is facing Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in a series of hustings ahead of the vote deciding who will replace Mrs May carried out by 160,000 Tory members.
Tory members will receive their postal ballots between July 6 and 8.
Voting closes on July 22 and the winner is expected to be announced the next day.
The two Conservative MPs have made Brexit their battleground, with Boris Johnson pledging to take the UK out of the EU on October 31 with or without a deal in place while Mr Hunt has conceded he may agree on a last-minute short extension to deliver a deal.
Mr Johnson has long been the bookies’ favourite to replace Mrs May, with odds on 1/8.
However, Mr Hunt has gained ground in the past weeks, ramping up his no deal Brexit pledge, promising more social spending to slash knife crime across the country, fund the NHS and attract young voters to the Conservative Party.