An interesting little passage in this afternoon’s debate following Theresa May’s announcement of her ‘Chequers deal’ – a deal only with her ministers and not with the EU and one that is already rapidly unravelling after the resignations of her Brexit Secretary and Foreign Secretary, with more expected to follow.
Tory rebels need only hand forty-eight letters to the Tories’ senior ‘1922 Committee’ expressing their loss of confidence in her leadership to force a contest – and Labour MP Kevin Brennan informed her that BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg had tweeted that the forty-eight had indeed been received.
May looked crestfallen as she stood to respond, keeping her eyes down on her notes as her voice rose at least an octave, before she regained her composure and could finally raise her eyes to her questioner:
Other sources have since cast doubt on Ms Kuenssberg’s claim, but if the forty-eight letters are not yet in the hand of the 1922 chair, they soon must be.
May has tried and failed to project a non-existent confidence in the Commons this afternoon in the face of all the evidence of the collapse of her government – but in this brief cameo the reality was clearly on show.
But a Tory leadership contest or procession will be an insult the country. A general election is required.
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