Conservatives doing what they do best, indeed [Image: Adams for The Telegraph].

Conservatives doing what they do best, indeed [Image: Adams for The Telegraph].

Tory civil war stepped up another notch today (May 30) as another MP promised to call for a vote of ‘no confidence’ in David Cameron’s leadership, while Kenneth Clarke spoke against the most popular potential replacement.

The pro-EU former Tory chancellor told the BBC’s Today programme: “I think Boris [Johnson] and Donald Trump should go away for a bit and enjoy themselves and not get in the way of serious issues which modern countries in the 21st century face.

“He’s a much nicer version of Donald Trump but the campaign is remarkably similar in my opinion, and about as relevant to the real problems the public face.”

On calls by Nadine ‘Mad Nad’ Dorries and others for Cameron’s head, he said: “All this stuff about whether one or two backbenchers have signed a letter calling for David Cameron to resign, I think most of the public would agree is a bit of a diversion. The public are getting fed up of Tory civil wars when they thought they were being asked about the future of this country for their children and grandchildren.”

He’s partly right – the referendum is a question being put to the people of the UK, and isn’t about Cameron’s leadership. But Cameron has staked his political future on it, and Conservatives consider themselves well within their rights to kick up a fuss.

The latest to do so is Sir Bill Cash, following Andrew Bridgen and Nadine Dorries.

The Eurosceptic chairman of the European Scrutiny committee told the Telegraph he has grown infuriated by the Prime Minister’s “monumentally misleading propaganda” and demanded a more conciliatory tone.

He said he was “certainly considering” submitting a letter calling for a no confidence vote and gave the leadership 10 days to drop “inaccurate” warnings over leaving the EU.

It can be no comfort to Cameron that, at 4pm today (May 30), 72 per cent of 11,164 voters in a Torygraph poll called for him to face a vote of ‘no confidence’. That means 8,038 readers of the Tory-supporting rag want him gone, while only 3,126 want him to stay.


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