Fury within the Conservative Party continues to build, with party activists now looking to force a vote of no confidence in Theresa May. The situation appears increasingly dire.
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Tory Association Chairmen are looking to use a petition that will trigger an Extraordinary General Meeting, which can then be used for a vote of no confidence against May.
It requires the backing of 65 local Chairmen. So far between 40 and 50 have signed, according to The Telegraph.
The letter in circulation reads: “Almost three years since we voted to leave and after two extensions to the original departure date, we no longer feel that Mrs. May is the right person to continue as Prime Minister to lead us forward in the negotiations.
“We therefore with great reluctance ask that she considers her position and resigns, to allow the Conservative Party to choose another Leader, and the country to move forward and negotiate our exit from the EU.”
The Chairman of the Campaign for Conservative Democracy, John Stafford, has said: “There has never been an Extraordinary Meeting of the National Convention so we are in new territory.
“If the meeting is held and the motion passed it would put massive pressure on Theresa May to resign. It does not force the issue but would be quite devastating to her authority.”
This pressure shouldn’t come as any surprise. Back in February, the National Conservative Convention of Tory activists voted by 72-15 in favour of this motion: “The National Convention supports the commitments the Prime Minister has made to the country to honour the European Union referendum result of 2016, that having triggered Article 50 we will leave the European Union on the 29th March 2019.
“Another referendum, a delay beyond the European Elections, taking ‘No Deal’ off the table or not leaving at all would betray the 2016 People’s Vote and damage democracy and our party for a generation.”
Instead of course, May failed to keep her promise and deliver Brexit leaving the Tories in freefall with their lowest support in years across the polls. Conservatives are angry – and that’s before the local and European Elections.