British PM May should call a leadership contest, former party chairman says

Oct 07, 2017, 00:55
British PM May should call a leadership contest, former party chairman says

Her aides sought to spin the speech as showing May's human side, countering the image of her being a "Maybot" who uttered scripted lines and answers during her election campaign.

In her first reaction to the day's developments Theresa May said she has the "full support of her cabinet".

The already febrile mood was heightened by Mrs May's conference address in Manchester when a prankster managed to hand her a fake P45, part of the stage set fell down, and she struggled with a persistent cough.

British Prime Minister Theresa May should call a leadership election and as many as 30 of her lawmakers support telling her to go, former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps said on Friday.

He added: "There's nothing wrong or illegitimate in saying we can do better than this".

"That was this list, and it was private until the whips, bizarrely, decided to make it public yesterday".

Damien Green appeared on BBC's Question Time and tried his best to defend a disastrous Conservative Party Conference so bereft of ideas that the Tory message literally falling apart on the wall behind Theresa May as she spoke made the front pages. We've not really managed to see that relaunch. You can't just carry on when things aren't working.

Environment Secretary and one-time leadership contender Michael Gove, threw his weight behind May.

Environment secretary Michael Gove - who ran against her in last year's leadership election - said ousting Mrs May would be a betrayal of everyone who voted Conservative in the general election or backed Leave in the European Union referendum. "I am finding it increasingly hard to see a way forward at the moment, and it worries me".

Under the headline: "Theresa May will stay as Prime Minister and get the job done", Interior Minister Amber Rudd wrote in The Telegraph newspaper that "she should stay".

He said it was unclear if there would be enough support to topple Ms May and that the plot had been hatched before the party conference.

The latest round of political uncertainty surrounding May pushed down the value of the pound against the euro and the dollar on currency markets.

The plan, he said, had been for a group - including five ex-Cabinet ministers - to approach Mrs May in private with a list of names to avoid the "embarrassment" of a formal leadership challenge.

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