Theresa May's speech proves she has learnt nothing from her disastrous election

Theresa May's speech proves she has learnt nothing from her disastrous election

Theresa May's speech proves she has learnt nothing from her disastrous election

Theresa May has said she is providing "calm leadership with the full support of the cabinet" amid an attempted ousting orchestrated by a former party chairman.

Shapps also said this came from across the party, including those who wanted to leave the European Union, remain and those "somewhere in the middle" like himself.

The Conservatives' former co-chairman told the BBC: "Sometimes when things happen you just have to take responsibility for them and I think that's what should happen here.

I had rather hoped that we would be able to get to point where we could go to her privately and have this conversation, I am very sorry that the whips have not made this possible", he said.

Calls for the British premier's resignation have been growing ever since a doomed general election in June, which lost the Tories their overall majority in Parliament.

Loyalists claim the Foreign Secretary does not have enough support to launch a leadership bid, with 48 MPs required to trigger an election. "I was about to talk about someone I'd like to give a P45 to, and that's Jeremy Corbyn!" she said, referring to the leader of the opposition Labour Party.

A prankster handed Theresa May a P45, ostensibly from Boris Johnson, during her speech at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.

The prime minister's speech, which was meant to rally the Tories after weeks of in-fighting, was interrupted by comedian Lee Nelson (real name Simon Brodkin) who handed May a fake P45.

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What she needed to deliver was a strong, stirring address to rally the British Conservatives after a disastrous election campaign earlier this year.

But they added there were "probably many more" than the 30 disaffected MPs allegedly held on a list by Mr Shapps, warning: "I think the party is in a awful hole".

"I think Theresa's doing a great job", he told Sky News. Greg Clark, the business secretary, praised the "guts and grace" the prime minister showed during her speech in Manchester.

For a party known to be ruthless towards leaders who do not deliver election victories, May has stayed on in Downing Street, but has constantly faced niggles and worse in Westminster about her future. May's de facto deputy, Damian Green, also said she would carry on.

"Boris said in one of those corridor meetings: "Give Theresa this".

But another MP did warn: "The duty is on us to support the leadership with the necessary discipline".

Also in the speech was a pledge that the Prime Minister would make housing her personal "mission" in office, and that the Government would put 2bn into affordable homes which councils and housing associations could bid for.

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