Tory party insiders say that Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has embarked on a programme of regional visits for one-to-one meetings with key Tory members.
The tour coincides with a sudden bout of claims among Tories – including from senior MPs to their inner circles – that Theresa May will resign if/when she loses the vote next week on her Brexit deal as unrest peaks again among Cabinet members and MPs about her ‘dictatorial’ style and refusal to listen to advice.
If only the army went on manoeuvres as often as Gavin does.A senior Tory MP
Opinion among Tory members is said to be divided, with many unconvinced by Williamson and a substantial number even said to be agitating for a return for pro-Brexit Iain Duncan Smith.
Among his parliamentary colleagues, however, there seems to be a weary resignation to Williamson’s ambitions. One senior Tory MP told the SKWAWKBOX, “If only the army went on manoeuvres as often as Gavin does.“
Of course, with May having already promised not to stand in another election in order to escape a no-confidence vote last month, the tour could also be a sign – one of several – that the Tories know there’ll soon be a vacancy at the top because a general election is approaching.
Williamson’s constituency office declined to provide comment. His parliamentary office was unreachable this morning.
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