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Sun Jun 18, 2017, 08:02 AM

Tories give Theresa May 10 days to 'shape up' or face vote of no confidence

Source: The Sunday Times



Support for ‘distraught’ leader falls away in party grassroots

Tim Shipman, Political Editor | Roya Nikkhah, Royal Correspondent

Theresa May has 10 days to save her premiership after she was put on notice to “shape up” and show she is fit to lead.

Confidence in the prime minister is in free fall in Tory ranks as constituency party bosses told ministers and MPs to force her from power. Up to a dozen MPs are ready to demand a vote of no confidence in May by submitting letters to the backbench 1922 committee.

Their ranks are expected to swell this weekend as MPs consult

Their ranks are expected to swell this weekend as MPs consult grassroots grandees about May’s faltering response to the Grenfell Tower inferno in west London.

Cabinet ministers have also let it be known they will oust the prime minister if it looks as if she is in danger of losing the…



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Reply Tories give Theresa May 10 days to 'shape up' or face vote of no confidence (Original post)
DonViejo Jun 2017 OP
TexasProgresive Jun 2017 #1
B Stieg Jun 2017 #3
TexasProgresive Jun 2017 #5
muriel_volestrangler Jun 2017 #6
rpannier Jun 2017 #7
Denzil_DC Jun 2017 #10
brooklynite Jun 2017 #2
dalton99a Jun 2017 #4
blitzen Jun 2017 #8
AgadorSparticus Jun 2017 #9
Blue_Tires Jun 2017 #11

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 08:05 AM

1. I didn't want to register at The Times, whose the likely PM if you loses the vote? n/t

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 08:30 AM

3. Boris Johnson?

Not sure, but he and his supporters have been making background noises.

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Response to B Stieg (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 09:03 AM

5. Hmmm, he as a roguish trumpian demeanor, like a hybrid of Bannon and tRump.

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 09:24 AM

6. Nobody can really say

While Boris Johnson is the bookies' favorite for 'next Tory leader', Jeremy Corbyn is slightly in front for 'next PM'.

If the Tories did depose May, then Labour would surely call a vote of no confidence in the government - forcing the new Tory leader to renegotiate with the DUP to save his or her skin. Which would make them look even worse in the longer term.

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 11:36 PM

7. Possibles that have been discussed

Boris Johnson. Though, from articles I've read, he and his inner circle remember well what happened to Michael Heseltine when he challenged Thatcher.
On edit: Polling shows him to be a minus of about 12% were he to be PM. ie 12% less people would support the Tories

Michael Gove. He has been sucking up to the DUP quite quickly. Though it's hard to see him getting the nod; he's a detestable individual.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd might have made a strong challenge. But, I think she won her seat with less than 400 votes after 4 recounts. She pursued that companies should be forced to disclose how many foreign workers they employ. It died when business leaders pushed back

David Davis, the Sec of State for exiting the EU, is rumoured to be interested. He's kind of a mixed bag. On the plus, he's anti-torture and this alone would likely scuttle any chance of taking the PM spot.
He has criticized the government for 'outsourcing torture.' In 2009, Rangzieb Ahmad was whisked to Pakistan where the Inter-Services Intelligence was given the go ahead by the British intelligence agencies to torture Ahmed.
Davis later accused the UK government of trying to gag Ahmed, stopping him coming forward with his accusations, after he had been imprisoned back in the UK.
He went further in Parliament saying, "...an alleged request to drop his allegations of torture: if he did that, they could get his sentence cut and possibly give him some money. If this request to drop the torture case is true, it is frankly monstrous. It would at the very least be a criminal misuse of the powers and funds under the Government's Contest strategy, and at worst a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice."
He is among the signatories of a letter to The Guardian condemning the Coalition's efforts to hide the UK's involvement in rendition and torture behind secret trials

Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has had his name bandied about. Mostly because of name recognition than anything else. He's an austerity acolyte. He also has put out some ideas that contradicted party positions (increasing national insurance pension contributions by self-employed persons). The Tories don't hate him. But the parliamentarians are also not thrilled with him being PM


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Response to rpannier (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 05:59 AM

10. They're more likely to put up a "stalking horse" challenger first,

to trigger a contest. The true contenders would make their pitches later.

I suspect the Tories would prefer the successful candidate to have a safe seat as an MP, to avoid embarrassment down the line. That would rule out Rudd (majority reduced to 346).

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 08:10 AM

2. Apparently, this threat is coming from Euroskeptics who want her to support a hard Brexit

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Jun 18, 2017, 08:33 AM

4. She'll be gone shortly

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 12:44 AM

8. If she were in the GOP in the US...

10 days from now: Oh, she has shaped up quite well. We have full confidence in our magnificent leader!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 04:49 AM

9. I had no idea it was that volatile in the UK. Must have rubbed too close to cheeto when she was here

Was she hiding under a rock ir what? Didn't someone tell her that everything trump touches turns to shit?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:14 PM

11. When do they finally admit to themselves that they don't have a plan for Brexit?

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