Breaking: Tory 1922 chair Brady asks for meeting with May

Tory 1922 Committee chair Graham Brady has asked Theresa May for a meeting tomorrow, when she is back from her tour of EU leaders. He is expected to tell her that enough Tory MPs have confirmed their letters of no confidence in her leadership to trigger a full vote of the party’s MPs.

If May loses the vote, it will be the end of her tenure and she will not be eligible to stand in the ensuing leadership election – but if she wins, she cannot be challenged again for twelve months.

SKWAWKBOX comment:

The wisdom of Labour’s decision to hold off on a no-confidence motion is now clear. With new leadership election underway, the chances of a successful motion would be almost non-existent and a new leader is likely have a ‘honeymoon period’ in the media, among Tory MPs and the DUP.

But if May defeats the challenge, her personal fate and that of the government will be bound together – along with the fate of her dire Brexit deal. This would strengthen the chances of the DUP siding with Labour on a confidence motion considerably.

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14 responses to “Breaking: Tory 1922 chair Brady asks for meeting with May

  1. Am I right in thinking the party then has 14 days to put another leader in place and if that fails it turns to Labour and Corbyn?

    • Not quite.

      Section 2 of the Act also provides for two ways in which a general election can be held before the end of this five-year period.

      One of which is – If the House of Commons resolves “That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government”, an early general election is held, unless the House of Commons subsequently resolves “That this House has confidence in Her Majesty’s Government”. This second resolution must be made within fourteen days of the first. This provision recognises that in a hung parliament it might be possible for a new government to be formed, commanding a majority.

      Hope that helps

      • The Chartists got it right: Annual Parliamentary elections. Those parties afraid of the people have been devising ways to spare governments the indignity of facing the electors since the Whigs replaced triennial with septennial elections. But it took Cameron and these Tories to come up with something that no previous government,, not even Liverpool or Walpole, dared an act designed to keep governments in power even when they had lost the confidence of the House.

      • I’m doubtful of the value of annual elections bevin but I’d like to see closer oversight of MP performance and obviously OMOV deselection.

        MPs with half their minds constantly on the next election would be tempted by newsworthy quick wins and eating kangaroo bollocks in the jungle rather than longer term, less media-friendly but more serious issues.

        Short-termism is a major cause of governments not properly addressing global warming, plastic ocean death, market regulation, oversight of public contractor performance, corporate tax avoidance, social care etc etc etc…

      • Yes. Annual elections would be (a) tedious and (b) pointless. Note how even four years in the US means that almost all the time is taken up by campaigning. The ironic result is that governance becomes more about electioneering than governing – the key criticism that people have about politics. It also means that finance has an enhanced rather than diminished role.

        Representative democracy is far from perfect, but the idea that constant plebiscites are better isn’t really sustainable – particularly in the current situation of media ownership.

        And, yes, short-termism is a curse. A temporarily popular, cursorily considered action isn’t necessarily the best.

  2. As the long streak of Eton piss generously paused for the cameras, trying not at all to look like the anointed one, I found myself marvelling at the fact that he always looks so freshly pressed, polished and primped – and wondering if his valet is always in attendance.
    I suppose it’s possible Nanny might deal with such as a speck of fluff being so impertinently familiar as to settle upon his as yet shamefully unennobled person.
    Just when he’s travelling light of course or slumming it in the Commons.

  3. May speaking from No.10 this morning sounded like a dictator angry at the mob for not worshipping her – getting ready to spit her dummy out and declare martial law “to save Our Nation from Corbyn and McDonnell.”

    ps. why isn’t ‘speech’ spelled with an ‘a’ as in ‘speaking’?
    Susie… SUSIE!

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