Tories moving to topple Theresa May

Tories moving to topple Theresa May

Tories moving to topple Theresa May

Following the General Election which was called by Mrs May and saw the Tories lose their majority in the House of Commons her leadership has repeatedly come under question.

But a speech meant to strengthen her tenuous grasp on leadership was interrupted by a comedian who handed May an unemployment form.

Divisions over the future of British Prime Minister Theresa May burst into the open on Oct 6 with allies saying she should carry on and a former Conservative Party chairman claiming the support of 30 lawmakers for a plot to topple her.

Shapps said "a growing number" of MPs backed his cause.

Mr Shapps said the list had been growing and was now up to around 30 names, although none of those are now in the Cabinet, and claimed it is "probably the time to have a leadership election".

He added: "There's nothing wrong or illegitimate in saying we can do better than this". "We're not pointing any fingers".

"That was this list, and it was private until the whips, bizarrely, decided to make it public yesterday. When the time is right we'll give the list to Theresa".

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 his role in the plot, which was not yet due to go public, was leaked by government whips to the Times newspaper in an apparent attempt to smoke him out.

"I think she should call a leadership election", Shapps told BBC Radio 5 live on Friday.

"So yes, I am concerned".

As he was taken away by security, the man - identified in media reports as comedian Simon Brodkin - said "Boris told me to do it".

But the former party chairman, Grant Shapps, said Ms May's leadership should now be challenged.

Cabinet ministers however, have publicly rallied behind May since her party conference speech was interrupted by a prankster handing her a mock P45 and a persistent cough troubling the Prime Minister.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd pleaded with May not to resign as prime minister, saying Britain has reached a turning point as a nation.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, wrote on Twitter that she had "huge respect" for May's performance despite the difficulties.

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