Theresa May faces showdown with mutinous Tory MPs

Gladys Abbott
June 12, 2017

Support for the rattled PM appears to be rapidly draining away after her risky decision to hold a snap General Election spectacularly blew up in her face.

Former Chancellor George Osborne, now the editor of the London Evening Standard, said: "Theresa May is dead woman walking". Gove crashed out of the cabinet a year ago after challenging May for the Conservative leadership, stymying Boris Johnson's chances in the process.

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Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee, said: "Mr Brady said: "There's no doubt that we need to see a much more open and inclusive approach within government and within parliament as well".

It follows reports that Mrs May cried and was forced to wipe away tears at the Tory HQ following the crushing election result.

"With respect to Nicky Morgan, she still thinks she's going to be Prime Minister".

They are expected to challenge her over what message is sent to the electorate by a proposed alliance with a party which opposes same-sex marriage and abortion.

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"People will be looking for her to come up with some convincing answers and to show why they should have confidence in her", one MP said.

The criticism from Morgan, one of Britain's foremost TV personalities, is a fresh headache for the embattled Prime Minister as she struggles to quell a possible rebellion by Tory MPs who remain angry over losing their parliamentary majority in last week's election.

The meeting of the Conservative 1922 Committee, which is meant to speak for backbenchers in the party, was brought forward a day as Ms May urgently tried to shore up her vulnerable position amid talk of a potential coup.

Proposals to overhaul the funding of social care - dubbed the "dementia tax" by opposition parties - and expand the number of grammar schools were also said to be being heavily watered down.

"I think we'll know very shortly, in other words we could easily get to the middle of next week and it all collapses for her".

"But I do think if we're going to have a leadership contest in the Conservative Party, what we can not do is have another coronation like last summer".

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