May authority eroded further after vehicle crash conference speech

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Grant Shapps, who served as Tory chair for almost three years, has emerged as the ringleader of a backbench plot to force May to step down and told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the solution to the leadership crisis was not "to bury our heads in the sand".

Things started to go off the rails when a prankster, in a major security breach, approached May as she was speaking from the podium and handed her a P45, the British equivalent of a pink slip. May spoke of plans to "reignite home ownership" in United Kingdom and said the government plans to invest an additional £2bn in affordable housing, taking the total budget up to nearly £9bn. In order to force a vote on the prime minister's leadership role, the votes of 48 members of parliament are necessary.

May struggled during her speech with fits of coughing, constantly having to sip water as her voice broke.

May was interrupted by a man who handed her a P45 (a form given to people who lose their jobs in Britain) saying "Boris asked me to give you this".

Grant Shapps has blamed Downing Street and Conservative Party whips for making a list of supposedly rebel Tory MPs seeking to oust Theresa May public.

He said: "It is a concern that someone could get so close to the Prime Minister and it was an unexpected distraction, but she dealt with it with grace". "He didn't tell me why".

The British Prime Minister has insisted she is providing "calm leadership" with the "full support" of her Cabinet.

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"I really think this is now just going to fizzle out", said Charles Walker, deputy head of the party's powerful 1922 Committee, which would initiate any leadership contest.

Backbencher Mark Pritchard suggested a "small number" of colleagues were raising questions over her leadership in text message exchanges and warned them "there is no vacancy at Number 10".

Her aides sought to spin the speech as showing May's human side, countering the image of her being a "Maybot" who uttered scripted lines and answers during her election campaign.

The Conservatives' former co-chairman told the BBC: "Sometimes when things happen you just have to take responsibility for them and I think that's what should happen here".

I am told that after she left the stage, the prime minister hugged her husband and wept.

The prankster joked that the dismissal notice was from Boris Johnson, Britain's ambitious foreign secretary, who came under fire earlier in the day for saying that a coastal Libyan city, Sirte, could become a tourist destination once authorities "clear the dead bodies away".




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