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How would the Tories trigger a leadership contest against Theresa May?

12 Juin 2017

Theresa May is facing a showdown with her MPs as she fights for political survival after the Conservatives had their majority wiped out in the General Election.

One MP at the crowded meeting described the Prime Minister as "contrite and genuine but not on her knees", as she repeatedly apologised for the election result that cost her party its grip on power. The programe was supposed to be announced in the Queen's Speech next week, but, according to the BBC, that could now be postponed as May scrambles to form a deal with the DUP. If they do not, 15% of Conservative MPs must write to the chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench Tories.

"Trying to make a hung parliament and a minority government work requires a much more inclusive approach and bringing people into the decision-making process".

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson brushed off claims he was plotting a fresh leadership bid, insisting that he fully supported the Prime Minister.

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Paul Nuttall resigned as leader of UKIP, the party having failed to win any seats and losing a substantial portion of its support. Ms Davidson said she had received an assurance from the PM there would be no erosion of gay rights in Great Britain.

He sidestepped questions on whether controversial social care plans, branded a "dementia tax" by opposition parties, would be ditched by the party ahead of the Queen's Speech on June 19. The most surprising addition to the Cabinet was former leadership challenger Michael Gove, who has returned as environment secretary.

Mrs May signalled that she still meant to serve a full term.

But fellow Tory MPs have backed her leadership, including Johnson, who denied he is seeking to topple May.

Backbenchers reported that Ms May was given a far colder reception than when she first took control of the party previous year, but said she had been "contrite" following her catastrophic election gamble.

How would the Tories trigger a leadership contest against Theresa May?