Theresa May is due to meet with the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs at 11.30am this morning
The Committee had previously voted 9-7 against the idea of changing party rules in a bid to force the prime minister out earlier than December. However, following her decision to bring back her infamous Withdrawal Agreement to the Commons a fourth time, it is understood the Committee is now split 8-8.
The 1922, chaired by Sir Graham Brady has insisted the prime minister set a date for her departure, in order to enable a new leader to take charge of the second stage of the Brexit process, with said new leader preferably installed in time for the Conservative party conference in September.
1922 Committee treasurer Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, who is believed to be the member who has swung in favour of amending party rules told the Press Association: “It would be infinitely preferable if she set a date rather than us force her out.”
“It’s better that she does it than we have a vote of confidence.”
– 1922 meet PM 11.30am to talk exit dates
– Cttee voted 9-7 (+ Kemi Badenoch abstained) NOT to change rules. Clifton-Brown since switched, so its 8-8
– ‘22 split on forcing issue now, given WAB in train. MPs I spoke to think May will trigger race w/c June 10, b4 Tory EGM June 15 https://t.co/q4JvMxLGTt
— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) May 16, 2019
Sky News’ Tamara Cohen suggests the most likely date of a no confidence vote would be the week commencing June 12th, allow the fourth visit to the Commons of the Withdrawal Agreement, Trump’s visit to Britain and the conclusion of the Peterborough by-election.
May likely to be warned of a confidence vote the week of 12 June.
That allows for WAB 2nd reading, Trump visit, Peterborough by-election
Another vote on changing rules could be held today, depends on "the mood of the meeting, the attitude adopted", another source says
— Tamara Cohen (@tamcohen) May 16, 2019
With the polls a tough read for the Conservative Party following the rise of Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, there is growing discontent among the grassroots and an eagerness for Theresa May to stand down as soon as possible.