Embattled minority prime minister Theresa May could face a leadership challenge within days, after 40 of her own MPs were said to be ready to sign a letter of “no confidence” in her leadership.
The revelation means only eight more MPs are needed to trigger a leadership challenge – if a suitable candidate can be found among the dross that currently constitutes the Parliamentary Conservative Party.
Here‘s The Independent:
A senior Tory MP told The Independent: “Patience is wearing very thin and in some cases, it has snapped.”
After Ms May’s disastrous conference speech there were said to be around 35 names on the list, precipitating an attempted coup which failed due to insufficient support.
But since then, the sexual harassment scandal, the loss of Sir Michael Fallon and Priti Patel from the cabinet, a severe gaffe by Boris Johnson which led to a British woman facing a longer jail term in Iran and divisions over Brexit have all contributed to fears in the party that Ms May is losing grip.
The process may be accelerated by the fact that disgraced foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who remains unapologetic for his dismal blunder about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, and Michael Gove – who tried to defend the atrocious Johnson in an interview with Andrew Marr today (November 12) – have been exposed as attempted backseat drivers.
A secret letter they sent Mrs May, attempting to tell her how to run Brexit, has gone public. It will not only increase calls for Mr Johnson’s dismissal; it will also intensify criticism of Mrs May. What kind of leader allows her ministers to dictate to her?
The other – major – consideration is the fact that Mrs May does not have a Parliamentary majority, and any new Conservative leader will not have a mandate from the public.
Put simply, we would have a government without the electorate’s permission to govern.
That is nothing new to a United Kingdom where the result of every election since 2010 has been strongly disputed – we had a coalition between the Tories and Liberal Democrats that nobody wanted in 2010, a narrow Tory majority in which electoral offences were alleged against many Tory MPs in 2015, and now a minority Tory government propped up by the Democratic Unionists and unable to push through any legislation on its own.
We don’t need a new Tory prime minister – we need a general election.
40 Tory MPs are ready to sign up for a #NoConfidence vote in Theresa May. The end may be in sight, but we need a general election to change things. Any new Tory leader MUST have a mandate from the British people.
— Rachael (@Rachael_Swindon) November 12, 2017
Correct. But the Tories know they won’t get a mandate – that is why they will keep trying to hold on for as long as they can, even though they know their fall will be much worse when it finally happens.
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