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The End of May

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Theresa May has turned 10 Downing Street into her own private panic room

“Theresa May has proved to be the most inept Prime Minister and the worst leader of the Conservative party the UK has have ever had – even Chamberlain did, belatedly take steps to re-arm our military in the months leading up to WW2 (the Hurricane and Spitfire fighter planes didn’t grow on trees).” From a British friend of mine.

And she banned me from the country. Reason enough to go.

Related: On the eve of election, PM Theresa May’s House leader Leadsom resigns in protest over ‘new’ Brexit plan

The End of May

The Sun, May 23, 2019:

TEARESA Theresa May teeters on the brink after Andrea Leadsom quits over Brexit fiasco and Cabinet try to force her from power

Top-table Cabinet revolt leaves bleary-eyed PM nowhere to go

By Tom Newton Dunn, Political Editor, Steve Hawkes, Matt Dathan, Kate Ferguson and Martin Beckford, 23rd May 2019, 7:39 am

ISOLATED Theresa May was last night holed up in No10 amid an extraordinary Cabinet bid to force her from power.

Brexiteer Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom quit over the PM’s bid to offer MPs the chance of a second EU referendum.


A tearful Theresa May has been left isolated and holed up in No10


Andrea Leadsom arriving back at her London home following her resignation

Andrea Leadsom’s letter of resignation

And seven other Cabinet ministers also told No10 they will not back Mrs May — a clear signal for her to step down.

But the PM refused to budge, with aides saying: “She is going nowhere until she gets Brexit done.”

On another day of high drama in Westminster;

Tory kingmaker Sir Graham Brady will tell Theresa May she must name her departure date on Friday or face being forced out by his powerful committee within days.
Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn refused to engage with the PM, telling her it would be pointless because “she only has a few days left in the job”.
Desperate Tory and Labour chiefs attacked Nigel Farage in a last-ditch bid to stop him trouncing them at the Euro elections, as the nation goes to the polls.
Senior ministers demanded meetings with the Prime Minister to tell her NOT to offer MPs a chance to vote on a second Brexit referendum – but she refused to meet them
Dozens of Tories – including previously loyal backers of Mrs May – say she has now run out of road and must resign as soon as possible and leave Brexit to her successor
The Chief Whip told party bosses she was not planning to stand down last night and instead will hold a crunch showdown with the Tory backbench chief tomorrow – after today’s Euro elections
Tory grandees pulled back from changing party rules so the leader can be removed immediately
The PM’s DUP allies warned she is leaving Britain at the mercy of the EU

Mrs May even refused a series of ministers’ demands for face-to-face talks, scrapping an appointment with Scottish Secretary David Mundell with ten minutes’ notice.

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith last night joked that Mrs May was virtually barricading herself in at Downing Street — saying: “The sofa is up against the door, she’s not leaving.”

Cabinet rebels are furious at Mrs May for saying the Government will legislate for a second referendum, insisting they agreed only to offer the Commons a vote on it.

One minister said: “It’s not just her intention of legis­lating for a second refer­endum. It’s also become a clear reality the PM is no longer getting a hearing, so someone else now needs to do it.”

After her resignation, Leadsom delivered a withering personal attack on Theresa May — accusing her of blowing Brexit and calling on her to quit “in the interests of the country”.

The PM’s ex-leadership rival reignited their long-running feud with a devastating letter to Mrs May while resigning as Leader of the Commons.

In it she came close to hinting Mrs May had lied to the Cabinet by failing to consult ministers, which saw a second referendum plan passed without their say-so.

It also emerged that 76 Tory MPs — a quarter of her party — are now vowing to vote down her deal.

Tomorrow the PM faces a crunch showdown with Tory kingmaker Sir Graham Brady.

He will tell her she must name her departure date by the end of the day — or face being forced out by his powerful 1922 executive committee within days.

Members had held a secret ballot on whether to change Tory rules to hold a fresh no confidence vote in her leadership, with their votes sealed in envelopes.

If she does not stand down, the envelopes will be opened by Sir Graham. One 1922 executive said last night there was “a clear majority” in the room for a rule change.

The senior MP added: “Theresa will have to go on Friday, whatever happens now.”

Former minister Tim Loughton was among Tory MPs who sent new letters to Sir Graham calling for her to go.

He even tweeted a photo of the addressed envelope, with the words: “Enough said.”

ANDREA’S THREE-YEAR WAIT FOR REVENGE

COMMONS Leader Andrea Leadsom was Theresa May’s rival for the Tory leadership — and her stinging resignation letter was her revenge served three years later.

Mrs Leadsom quit last night with a devastating attack on the Prime Minister’s latest Brexit climbdown and her handling of Cabinet tensions.

But it was just the boiling over of the simmering antagonism between the pair.

Mrs Leadsom, a former banker and married mum of three, had been a prominent Leave supporter in the referendum campaign. She stood against Remain-backing Mrs May after David Cameron resigned as PM in 2016.

The women made it to the final two but then Mrs Leadsom gave a disastrous interview in which she appeared to suggest she was a better choice for PM because she had children.

She claimed this meant she had a “stake in the future” by contrast with Mrs May who cannot have children for health reasons.

Mrs Leadsom, 56, told a newspaper back then that Mrs May only had “nieces, nephews”, adding: “But I have children who are going to have children who will directly be part of what happens next.”

She withdrew from the contest soon after the controversy and so cleared the path for Mrs May to enter Downing Street.

The new Prime Minister appointed Mrs Leadsom as her Environment Secretary only to demote her to Commons Leader in a reshuffle after the disastrous 2017 General Election.

Then last summer it emerged Mrs Leadsom had attacked Mrs May’s doomed Chequers plan — telling colleagues how she “hated” it for breaching Government red lines on Brexit.

Afterwards Mrs Leadsom did not quit the Cabinet but is believed to have been unpopular in No 10 for her hardline stance. Last month she made more waves by claiming that No Deal would not be “nearly as grim as many would advocate”.

Mrs Leadsom has also repeatedly clashed with Commons Speaker John Bercow. Last year she confronted him over claims he called her a “stupid woman”.

But, as Commons Leader, Mrs Leadsom has also been central in tackling the “Pestminster” culture of sexual harassment and bullying.

In 2017, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon was forced to quit after she accused him of making lewd comments to her.

By Martin Beckford, Whitehall Editor

The Truth Must be Told

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