Brexiter Jacob Rees-Mogg has said publicly that he has submitted a letter of no confidence in Theresa May to the Tories ‘1922 Committee’, which holds the power to trigger a leadership election.
Forty-eight letters from MPs are required in order to force an election and the mainstream media has long speculated that enough letters have been lodged, but have not all been ‘activated’ – some MPs are said to have made their letters provisional, held in reserve until they choose to confirm them.
However, the SKWAWKBOX has spoken to a number of Tory MPs today – yes, it does happen occasionally – who insisted that Graham Brady, the committee chair, has well over forty-eight active letters, but has not yet confirmed it publicly or called a leadership election.
The same MPs report that their mailboxes are crammed with emails from their constituents and associations demanding May’s removal, so the discontent goes down to the Tory grassroots as well.
The SKWAWKBOX contacted Mr Brady earlier today to ask whether the MPs’s claims were accurate. He had not responded by the time of publication.
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