Tories have been plotting to backstab Theresa May after series of disasters

Grant Shapps: ‘A growing number of my colleagues realise the solution isn’t to bury our heads in the sand and hope things will get better.’ [Image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.]

Amazingly, we now have something for which to thank Grant Shapps!

The former Tory chair, whose own sordid history has been well-covered on This Site in the past, has emerged as the man behind the inevitable plot to oust Theresa May from the Tory leadership and from 10 Downing Street:

Some cabinet ministers privately agree Theresa May should step aside, a former Conservative party chairman has said, as pressure grows on the prime minister to call a leadership election.

Grant Shapps, who served as Tory chair for nearly three years, has emerged as the ringleader of a backbench plot to force May to step down. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the solution to the leadership crisis was not “to bury our heads in the sand”.

Shapps said he had the support of about 30 MPs, including five former cabinet ministers, and suggested some cabinet ministers privately agreed but would be reluctant to back him because they were on the “payroll”.

Shapps said he had hoped to speak to the prime minister privately but the Tory party whips had unmasked him in the Times newspaper. He revealed that No 10 was aware of his discontent and had urged him not to go public.

He said the group of MPs supporting him included Brexiters and those who supported remaining in the European Union.

(Source: Tory ministers privately agree May should go, says Grant Shapps | Politics | The Guardian)

Unfortunately, the fact that it is Grant Shapps, and that his own reputation isn’t spotless, means some are already seeing this as a storm in a teacup:

This Site has already commented on reports that Mrs May was being “bullied” towards resignation by Boris Johnson, with Conservative donors saying she should stand down.

Twitter has, of course, been full of gossip about the latest crisis to hit to Tories:


It’s all very enjoyable for those of us who aren’t Conservatives, but it is worth reminding everybody that this is a dangerous distraction at a time when the United Kingdom – as a world economy – is extremely vulnerable.

Just by having a debate about Mrs May’s leadership, the Tories have caused another run on the value of Sterling:

Brexit represents huge threats to the UK, as does the underlying economic weakness of the country due to Conservative mismanagement.

A leadership election and the arrival of a replacement will not lead to any improvement in these serious issues.

The only solution is the resignation of the Tories and the election of a Labour government that is prepared for these challenges.

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3 thoughts on “Tories have been plotting to backstab Theresa May after series of disasters

  1. NMac

    As they concentrate on stabbing each other in the back, in the front and in the sides, the country just continues to go down the drain. One Tory is just the same as another Tory, remove the lot of them.

  2. Gary Bowman

    Let’s be honest, her downfall isn’t due to having a cough or a letter dropping to the floor, it’s due to cruelty, nastiness, lies, causing unnecessary deaths and poverty, lies, privatisation, cutting police numbers, personal attacks, depriving the sick, disabled, working poor, just about managing, nurses, carers, Police officers, firefighters, ambulance staff, lies, foodbanks, housing benefit, tax credits, tripled national debt, bankers bonuses, tax cuts for the few, millions taken out of tax because if they did they’d have bugger all, lies, giving a pittance for social housing, the “Snoopers Charter”,, work capability assessment, robbing women’s Pensions, insurance tax that hits the young hardest, using the BBC, lies, supported by the Scum, the Daily Fail, the Express! Trying to hijack parliament and Brexit for her party’s benefit to strengthen the Conservative hold on the country, lies, election fraud, oh yes and lies!

  3. krazyklaws

    Best guess is wait for a by election, if a Tory marginal and Tories get a pasting, expect the 1922 Tory backbench committe chairman Graham Brady to have a quiet word in her ear, that she’s lost the support of the sociopaths on the backbenches.

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