MULTIPLE SOURCES: 48 No Confidence Letters RECEIVED?? – Leadership Contest Is On??

I can’t help feeling a sense of dejavu writing this, after all, we have been here before, haven’t we? However, FINALLY, it looks as if Sir Graham Brady has received the magic 48 letters of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May required to fire the starting pistol on a Tory leadership race.

Sadly, we are unlikely to receive confirmation until tomorrow:

If this is the case then a vote will be called on whether the Tory MP’s have confidence in May’s leadership. To win the vote of confidence May will need to win the backing of more than 50% of Tory MP’s

IF she loses the vote then the leadership election begins and May is out. Candidates, properly proposed and seconded by two Tory MP’s then slug it out with the one with the lowest number of votes being eliminated until there are two left who then are put forward to the membership vote where a simple majority decides the next leader and currently the next Prime Minister.

IF she wins then she not only stays in office but cannot be removed for another year.

UPDATE: Owen Paterson is widely reported as having put a letter in. It will be published in tomorrow’s Telegraph who are also reporting that the 48 letters are IN. Reuters are also reporting that the threshold has been passed. 

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