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TORY TURMOIL: Furious backbench MPs tell May to shape up or face axe


FURIOUS backbench Tory MPs have voiced their anger with Theresa May’s weak leadership adding it was “becoming increasingly clear day by day that we cannot continue to muddle along like this.”

One MP, Grant Shapps told The Mail on Sunday that he is considering sending a letter to the 1922 committee and said that Mrs May’s loss of authority was making it “excruciatingly difficult” for her to “demand obedience from her own Cabinet”.

Shapps said it is “becoming increasingly clear day by day that we cannot continue to muddle along like this” and Mrs May should “name a date and do so before it is too late.”

Mr Shapps dismissed the argument used by the May loyalists that she should not go before Brexit in March 2019 and said: “Neville Chamberlain was replaced by Winston Churchill when we were at war with Germany in 1940.”

Mark Pritchard, MP for The Wrekin in Shropshire added: “The PM is also being criticised for taking her very small group of allies for granted. A big mistake.”

Jonny Mercer MP a former Afghanistan veteran said: “We need to be doing better, or we will pay the price to the electorate. We have to face down some of the very clear challenges on the NHS, housing and defence.”

Asked about May’s performance, he said: “I’m not going to comment on the Prime Minister.”

Favourite to replace Theresa May – Jacob Rees-Mogg said the Government had a ‘timid and cowering’ approach to Brexit talks and warned: ‘The leader is important but the party is more important. Brexit is more important than anyone other than the Queen.’

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