British Prime Minister insists she has "full support" of Cabinet

by Lawrence Cooper October 7, 2017, 0:55
British Prime Minister insists she has

Shapps told the BBC Radio 4's Today program that he had the support of some 30 members of parliament, including five former cabinet ministers.

Instead, May was first interrupted by prankster Simon Brodkin, also known as Lee Nelson, who handed her a P45 - a form given to those who have been laid off in Britain.

Former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has said the Tories "must look for a new leader" after he was accused of leading a plot to oust the Prime Minister.

Her aides sought to spin the speech as showing May's human side, countering the image of her being a "Maybot" who uttered scripted lines and answers during her election campaign.

Meanwhile, Mr Shapps, who was co-chair of the party between 2012 and 2015, told the BBC that Tory MPs are "perfectly within their rights" to urge Theresa May to quit.

Mrs May's conference speech was meant to be a chance to assert her authority over the party following her ill-fated decision to call a snap general election that saw her party lose MPs.

Asked about the plot, he said: "Are there cabinet members aware? Yes".

The uncertainly around May's future led to a fall in the value of the sterling on Friday, with the pound worth around 1.30 US dollars.

In a Conservative Party conference address, May vowed economic help for struggling families for whom "the British Dream that has inspired generations of Britons feels increasingly out of reach".

Many Conservative activists fear a leadership contest would exacerbate the divide in the party over Europe and pave the way for an election that some Tories worry could be won by opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

"In light of this we will be reviewing the accreditation process with the Conservative Party".

"I think we'd prefer if she went sooner rather than later, but the timescale is something she should set out".

The environment secretary, Michael Gove, appeared on the programme to lend his support to May, saying she had "shown grace and grit" this week and a leadership election was not the correct way forward.

"She showed an awesome degree of resilience and courage this week, of a piece with the fantastic leadership she has shown through the time that she has been Prime Minister". "She showed an unbelievable degree of resilience and courage this week of a piece with the fantastic leadership she's shown throughout the time she has been prime minister".


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