Theresa May: Conservative MPs to discuss PM's departure date

BBC News | 5/8/2019 | Staff
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Conservative MPs will discuss Theresa May's future as Tory leader again later as demand grows for her to name a precise date for her departure.

The 1922 Committee of Tory MPs will press for a detailed "road map" of when the PM will leave office following the party's drubbing in local elections.

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Its chair, Sir Graham Brady, met Mrs May on Tuesday to raise MPs' concerns.

In March, she pledged to stand down if and when Parliament ratified her Brexit withdrawal agreement.

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But she has not made it clear how long she intends to stay if no deal is reached.

When it meets at 16.00 BST, the 1922 Committee's executive - an elected body of MPs which represents backbenchers and oversees leadership contests - is expected to call for greater "clarity" about the PM's intentions.

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The party lost 1,300 councillors in English local elections last week and there have been warnings it faces a meltdown in elections to the European Parliament later this month.

No 10 insisted Tuesday's meeting with Sir Graham was routine.

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But pressure is mounting on the PM, with local Tory associations confirming they will hold a vote of confidence in her leadership on 15 June.

Many Brexiteers are angry at Mrs May's efforts to find a compromise with Labour - a step she took after her deal with the EU was effectively rejected by MPs three times.

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Some MPs want her to name a firm resignation date after the European polls, amid unconfirmed media reports she could be asked to resign as Tory leader but remain as prime minister for six weeks or so while a successor is elected.

Watch: What does the 1922 Committee do?

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But others think she should be allowed to stay until the autumn, if necessary, to deliver the UK's exit from the EU.

The treasurer of the 1922 Committee, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, said things...
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