MPs on the executive of the back-bench 1922 committee will meet on Tuesday to decide whether to tear up the rules to allow a new vote of no confidence in May before December. Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee, is set to tell Mrs May that 70 percent of her MPs now want her to resign for botching Brexit. She may also be accused of presiding over a collapse in Tory support.
Insiders say “swing voters” are leaning towards changing the rules unless she agrees to go by June 30.
Grassroots campaigners are set to announce this week that more than 65 constituency chairmen are to appeal to the prime minister to step down.
The current climate means a convention to change the rules is highly possible.
Local party bosses show opinion amongst grassroots turning against May.
According to The Times one said: “We must do whatever it takes to get rid of her.”
A second said: “She must go now before she does any more damage.”
A previously loyal minister said: “She has to go. She is a calamity.”
A senior MP added: “The pressure is building and will be irresistible if we perform badly in the local elections.”
Local election experts Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher have warned that the Tories are on course to lose 500 council seats on May 2.
They also suggest that they could haemorrhage 1,000 seats if polls showing a collapse in their support prove accurate.
At the beginning of April a renewed attempt to oust Mrs May was launched by Eurosceptic Mark Francois.
He published a letter of no confidence in the PM and called for a fresh contest to get her out.
Mrs May responded by inviting 1922 committee leader, Sir Graham Brady, and other senior committee members to a tense meeting at No10, which was inconclusive.
Published at Mon, 22 Apr 2019 05:06:00 +0000