Theresa May has won the ‘confidence’ vote called by her own backbenchers – after she restored the Conservative whip to MPs who had been suspended from the party in order to allow them to take part.
Charlie Elphicke was suspended over alleged sexual offences, which he denies.
And Andrew Griffiths was suspended for sending sexually explicit text messages to two much younger women.
So the clergyman’s daughter has put the future of the entire United Kingdom in the hands of apparent sexual predators.
It seems strange that she would do this, as the numbers of MPs claiming they would support her in the run-up to the vote suggested a clear victory for her.
Perhaps it is true that Tories say one thing in public but do another thing in private? That will be worth remembering at all times in the future!
The result of the confidence vote showed 200 in favour of her continuing as leader, and 117 against, suggesting that she was premature in allowing the alleged sex pest – and the confirmed one – to have a vote.
We are left with one question:
Mrs May still has the impossible task of getting her Brexit deal past Parliament.
She has failed to gather any sympathy from the EU27 leaders, so she will definitely face a motion of ‘no confidence’ – in the Conservative government – from the Labour Party in the future.
The date of that vote depends on her own cowardice.
If she admits she’s got nothing new to add to her deal straight away, then it is possible we will see that confidence vote taking place before Christmas – and it is highly likely that the government will lose.
If she delays – and it is possible she could wait until the day before the UK is due to leave the EU to do so, in the hope that she could present the nation with a fait accompli – support her deal or crash out with nothing – then losing the vote becomes almost a certainty.
And she has managed to split her party yet again.
I saw a TV interview in which James Cleverly and Andrew Bridgen refused to talk to each other.
Radio 4’s PM reported that there were tears in Committee Room 14, where Mrs May addressed Parliamentary party members prior to the vote, when a member of the far-right Brexiter European Research Group (ERG) told her if the UK crashes out of Europe with no deal, “that’s your fault.”
And now we know 117 of her own MPs have no confidence in her leadership.
These divisions won’t go away. She will find her party as ungovernable as Parliament – and the country as a whole.
And of course she promised that she would not be the Conservative leader going into the next general election – whenever it takes place.
That’s likely to have been a major reason for her receiving the amount of support she had.
But she promised there would not be a snap general election in 2017, and then announced one.
And she promised a “meaningful vote” on her Brexit deal with the European Union that would take place on December 12 – and postponed it on December 11.
She is completely and utterly untrustworthy and her word cannot be considered her bond. Everyone knows this and those who have to deal with her will need to consider that in all their future dealings with her – making her job harder still.
There are no good choices for this failed prime minister. Winning a poll of deluded Tory yes-people means nothing at all.
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