Conservative MP Dominic Grieve has said that he has not “no desire to get rid of Theresa May” amid rumours that the Conservative ERG group are considering a no-confidence vote on the prime minister’s leadership.
The vote would not force Mrs May to step down but would show a lack of support for the prime minister from the Brexit-supporting group.
The former Attorney General told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I think she is doing the best she can in incredibly difficult circumstances.
“I have some serious disagreements with the approach that she has adopted but somebody would have to persuade me that there is somebody else who is going to do better.”
The MP for Beaconsfield also said he would “remain in the Conservative party for as long as it will have him”.
He added: “I have no intention of going anywhere else.”
The MP recently lost a confidence motion against him from his local constituency association.
Mr Grieve said: “I have no surprise that some members of my local association are unhappy with what I am doing. Brexit is very divisive.
“But I had always accepted having decided on my course of action that it was a possibility.
“We don’t yet know whether these views are reflected in the whole of the association or not, but it is a possibility. It is equally possible that it may not be.”
The MP suggested that the 2017 Conservative manifesto was not “implementable”.
He added: “I pointed out the variants to what was in the manifesto and where we are now in terms of the government’s policy.
“I explained that that was the reason why I thought the solution lay in going back to the electorate and asking them whether they wanted the deal that was on offer.”