Conservative MP Grant Shapps has said that the Conservative Party remains united on the view that Jeremy Corbyn’s Marxist ideas would “do more damage” to the UK, despite Theresa May set to face a vote of no confidence.
The Prime Minister is set to face a vote of no confidence from her own Conservative MPs on Wednesday afternoon, following the submission of 48 letters of no confidence against her.
The MP for Welwyn Hatfield told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham: “We understand it is a disagreement about a very heartfelt issue over Europe. We are all united in the view that the one thing that would screw up this country, is not this, it would be Jeremy Corbyn running a Marxist government.
“There is nothing that would do more damage to this country than Jeremy Corbyn coming in with Marxist ideas that failed in Venezuela. It hurts the most vulnerable the most.
“But that is not the same as saying we should not get the right deal for Britain on exiting Europe.
“I think it is possible to do both these things at the same time.”
'If she wins by one she will stay'
Watch: Prime Minister Theresa May debating Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday
When asked what will happen to May after the vote, Shapps said she is “programmed to say that if she wins by one she will stay”.
“Theresa May is programmed to say that if she wins by one she will stay. She is not going to do a Margaret Thatcher I believe,” he said.
“However whether this is the right thing to do – to stay in her leadership for another year when it could not be challenged but would ultimately end up being challenged in different ways in Parliament – I don’t know.”
The vote of no confidence will take place between 6pm and 8pm on Wednesday, with the result announced soon afterwards.
The Prime Minister will need to secure the votes of 158 MPs - half the parliamentary party plus one - to remain as Conservative leader.