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Theresa May: A confidence vote from her backbenchers is the least of her worries. Her alliance with the DUP is falling apart and she no longer has the ability to pass legislation. Her government is a lame duck.

What the blazes is going on in the Conservative Party?

We have been told – for months now – that disgruntled Conservative backbenchers have been sending letters demanding a vote of ‘no confidence’ in Theresa May to the chairman of their 1922 Committee, Graham Brady, and that a vote against her would be triggered if her received 48 such letters.

All the indications were that more than 40 such letters had arrived by the middle of last week, when Jacob Rees-Mogg put his own letter in and appealed for others to do so.

But today the headlines are full of the failure to reach the required number and the humiliation of the Brexiteers of the Tory European Research Group (ERG) that wanted it.

And while Nadine Dorris on the BBC’s Politics Live thinks 46 letters have been submitted, other reports suggest only 24 are in Mr Brady’s possession.

What’s going on? Why are we hearing that the number of ‘no confidence’ letters has fallen?

Is somebody lying?

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