Theresa May told plotting MPs: ‘It’s me or Jeremy Corbyn’ [Image: AP/Matt Dunham].

The Tories are in turmoil: Less than a week after Theresa May begged them for “no backbiting, no carping”, at least 15 MPs are said to have signed a letter expressing “no confidence” in her leadership.

The minority prime minister, who clung on to power only by giving £1 billion to the extremist Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, had insisted a leadership challenge would trigger another general election, saying, “It’s me or Jeremy Corbyn”.

Clearly there is a vocal element within her own Parliamentary party who want to put that to the test.

The Tory blog ConservativeHome has been discussing who should succeed Mrs May for at least two weeks. At the time of writing it features a report on a YouGov survey, published in the Observer, whose results closely mirror its own.

And those reports make disheartening reading, with Brexit calamities David Davis and Boris Johnson the most popular choices – both pipped to the top spot by “none of the above”.

Confidence in the Conservatives may therefore be at an all-time low, despite their appearance of forming the current UK government.

It seems even Conservatives are sick of Mrs May – and, considering her deal with the DUP, and her attempt to form consensus with Opposition parties in order to fend off challenges from her own, rightly so.

Will their dissatisfaction be enough to trigger an election – and possibly a general election – over the summer?

Let’s hope so – for all our sakes.

At least 15 Conservative MPs have reportedly agreed to sign a letter of no confidence in Theresa May.

It comes after the Prime Minister told plotting Tory MPs “it’s me or Jeremy Corbyn,” as she insisted a leadership challenge would trigger another general election.

Although the letter of no confidence falls short of the 48 names required to trigger a leadership contest, Parliament’s summer break could prove critical for Ms May’s future.

At a summer party last week, Ms May pleaded with her MPs to “go away and have a proper break and come back ready for serious business”.

“No backbiting, no carping. The choice is me or Jeremy Corbyn – and no one wants him,” Conservative MPs who were present reported her saying.

Source: Fifteen Tory MPs ‘to sign Theresa May no confidence letter’


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