Theresa May could face no-confidence vote from local Tory groups

Theresa May could face no-confidence vote from local Tory groups

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Prime Minister Theresa May could face a no-confidence challenge from Conservative grassroots campaigners.

More than 65 local association chairs are unhappy with Mrs May’s handling of Brexit have automatically triggered an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) of the National Conservative Convention.

At the EGM there can be another non-binding vote for the future of the Prime Minister's leadership, this coincides with the 1922 Committee who have suggested Mrs May should resign immediately.  

Chair of the London East Area Conservatives Dinah Glover told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “These chairmen are loyal conservatives who have come to this decision with very heavy hearts.

“We have tried in the past to make our voices heard through private whips in the party, we also went to the national convention back in February with a motion pleading that we should leave the EU without going into the EU elections and that no deal should not be taken of the table.

 “It is out of tremendous loyalty to the party, they are the hard working activists and grass routes of that party that have been told by their members that Mrs May does need to go.

“We respect the work that she has done, she has done a sterling job but we now need a fresh face and fresh ideas to look at the negotiations.

“I think that the chairman do feel that unfortunately rather than Mrs May being the solution to the problem she is becoming the roadblock to the solution as loyal chairman we really do call on her to resign.

“Mrs May is motivated to stay on because she does have a huge sense of public duty and no one would take that away from her. 

“That is her strength but also it has now become her weakness and it has become tunnel vision to get this withdrawal agreement through when such a large chunk of her party has severe reservations about the withdrawal agreement."

This comes as 40 per cent of Conservative councillors have said they will be voting for the Brexit Party in the EU elections.

Ms Glover said: “I’m looking forward to the conservative manifesto coming out on the European elections and we will go from there.”

Words by Wesley Hudson.

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