Allies of Theresa May have publicly rallied to her defence amid a plot to oust her.
Amber Rudd insisted the Prime Minister should stay despite the roundly criticised speech she gave at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
May's speech was marred by a coughing fit, a letter falling off the slogan behind her and a stage invader handing her a P45.
In the wake of this, her critics were said to be drumming up support for a motion to push her out. Grant Shapps, the former party chairman who has been accused of leading the plot, said the Tories had to “look for a new leader”.
But Rudd, the Home Secretary, wrote in The Daily Telegraph to defend the embattled Prime Minister.
She implored people to look at the policies set out during the conference instead of “presentation fails”, and insisted Theresa May should stay because the party could set out a path to a “prosperous, secure, and united” country “under her leadership.”
Meanwhile, Margot James, the Business minister, blasted “embittered” individuals wanting to “get their own back” in The Times.