DOZENS of Tory MPs have submitted letters of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May – with the magic number of 48 needed to trigger a leadership vote.
The revolt against the Conservative Party leader has been prompted by her “soft” Brexit deal which she agreed with EU leaders.
Which MPs have publicly said they’ve written no confidence letters against Theresa May?
Only 26 Tory MPs have gone public, saying they have written letters however others may have submitted letters but have kept it private.
Some who have submitted letter may have then withdrawn them at a later date, having changed their minds.
To force a leadership contest 15 percent of Tory MPs have to submit a letter, which currently means 48 or more letters are needed.
So far this seems to be some way off.
Here are the ones that have gone public:
- Jacob Rees-Mogg
- Ben Bradley
- Steve Baker
- Nadine Dorries
- Andrew Bridgen
- Mark Francois
- Sheryll Murray
- Simon Clarke
- Andrea Jenkyns
- James Duddridge
- Anne Marie Morris
- Peter Bone
- Lee Rowley
- Philip Davies
- Henry Smith
- Martin Vickers
- Laurence Robertson
- John Whittingdale
- Maria Caulfield
- Adam Holloway
- Chris Green
- David Jones
- Marcus Fysh
- Zac Goldsmith
- Sir Billy Cash
- Philip Hollobone
- Andrew Lewer
What is the 1922 Committee?
The Committee gives backbench Tory MPs the chance to air their concerns, report on constituency work and co-ordinate legislative agendas.
It can also form to issue a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
Unless the leader steps down voluntarily, a leadership challenge usually begins with a vote of no confidence being called.
Currently it would take 48 letters to be submitted to trigger a vote.
This means that, in the event of a no confidence vote in the Prime Minister, committee chairman Sir Graham Brady must receive a total of 48 letters from MPs who wish to seek a new Tory party leader.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leading Eurosceptic, put pressure on Mrs May to quit after he submitted a letter of no confidence in the PM to Sir Graham, the chairman of the 1922 Committee, which prompted other Eurosceptic Tories to do the same.
How far off 48 are they?
So far, 27 MPs have publicly said they have submitted letters – making it 21 short of the necessary 48 to make Theresa May fight for her leadership.
According to Nadine Dorries, around 46 letters have been submitted but this figure remains unverified.
If the chair of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservatives receives letters from 15 per cent of the party’s MPs, a secret vote will be triggered.
If May wins, they can not challenge her leadership for another year.
But, if she loses, there will be a leadership election and she will not be allowed to run.
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