Grant Shapps insists there's 'growing support' for a Tory Party leadership contest

Grant Shapps insists there's 'growing support' for a Tory Party leadership contest

The former Tory Party chairman has been revealed as a ringleader of the plot to oust Theresa May

Friday, October 6, 2017

Grant Shapps has said there is growing support among Conservative MPs for a leadership contest against Theresa May in the wake of her speech at the Party Conference.

The former chairman of the Conservative Party has been revealed as a ringleader of the plot to oust the Prime Minister.

In an interview with the BBC, he said there is a “broad spread” of opinion among Tory MPs who apparently believe things can’t continue as they are.

With both Remainers and Brexiteers among them, Shapps said the group realised the solution was not to “bury our heads in the sand and hope things get better.”

Meanwhile, a number of ministers have rallied around the Prime Minister, with Amber Rudd writing a defence of her in the Daily Telegraph.

It’s believed around 30 MPs are backing the idea of a leadership contest, and Shapps claims he has the support of five former members of the Cabinet.