Emergency Debate: Government’s management of the meaningful vote debate
SIR – I do not know where the backstop starts, but I do know where the buck stops. Mrs May must resign.
Christopher L Cruden
There is nothing more dangerous and self-defeating in politics, as in every other area of life, than the inability to discern the true significance of events, viewing them instead through a prism of self-interest, groupthink and partisanship. That is the problem currently blinding all those in the Westminster bubble.
As the Prime Minister continues to face pressure over her leadership, the county’s MPs – like the rest of the country – are split on whether the deal delivers what the government promised.
But only one has decided to join those who have called for a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister by submitting a formal letter to the chairman of the 1922 committee Graham Brady – the MP for Gravesham Adam Holloway.
MPs from the Democratic Unionist Party are expected to abstain for a second time on crucial Budget votes in the Commons in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
It comes after Eurosceptics in the party faced questions over the apparent collapse of their efforts to trigger a no confidence in the prime minister.
“When you are Tory MP, you’re over 55 and you’ve been there for a few years,” he said.
“And you think on principle you ought to rebel but then, of course, you know what happens to Tory MPs when they retire if they’ve been good boys and girls?
“They go to the House of Lords and rebels don’t go to the House of Lords!”
David Davis, the former Brexit secretary, and Jacob Rees-Mogg, the chair of the European Research Group, are among the speakers at an ERG press conference to mark the publication of a paper about the benefits of leaving the customs union
The Brexiteer says it’s now or never for those who want get rid of May – or else she could lead the party into the next election.
„I can tell you this – it certainly isn’t for all the women in the ERG – all the women have put their letters in.“
She speculated that there were around 46 letters of no confidence in, two shy of the number needed to force a vote in Mrs May’s leadership, and added: „I know of key people holding their letters back.“
Conservative critics of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy are struggling to gather enough support to force a vote of no-confidence in her leadership.
The so-called “pizza plot” by five pro-Brexit Cabinet ministers to press Mrs May to take a tougher stance with Brussels also appeared to be fading.
He said he personally believed a ballot would not be “helpful” as he refused to be drawn on how close to the magic number of 48 letters he was and insisted he was the only person who knew, with even his wife being kept in the dark.
Sun 18 Nov 2018 11.02 GMT
First published on Sun 18 Nov 2018 08.39 GMT
PM says she will meet Juncker to discuss future relationships as she says as far as she knows the 48 letter limit for no confidence vote has not been reached
He’s the chair of the 1922 Committee, and is in charge of counting the number of letters Tory MPs have written calling for a vote of no-confidence in her leadership.
If that figure reaches 48 (or 15% of the Parliamentary party), he’s expected to visit Number 10 to inform the Prime Minister in person that she’s facing a challenge to her leadership.
So people are understandably interested in his whereabouts.
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– but he’s not happy with May’s deal
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So far Sir Graham Brady, chair of the backbench 1922 committee who is responsible for declaring that moment, has made no public comment.
It is unclear whether Number 10’s frenetic efforts this weekend are intended to prevent the number of letters getting to 48, or to ensure the prime minister can get the backing of the 150 Tory MPs she would need to win a confidence vote – either way, the fight is on.
Ms Dorries added: „MPs will think to themselves, ‚If I vote to keep the prime minister in place she’s going to be there for the next 12 months when anything could happen, is that what I want?‘ And I think most MPs will vote ’no‘.“
She defended her description of the Brexit deal as leaving the UK as „slaves“ to the EU.
„I would call us a vassal state, an empty state, I’d call it serfdom, it’s appalling,“ Ms Dorries said.
(24.10.2018) Theresa May’s invitation to speak to the members of the 1922 Committee at 5pm today has been the centre of fevered speculation. What everyone knows — it has been repeated ad nauseam in recent weeks — is that a vote of no-confidence in the Prime Minister is triggered when 15 per cent of Tory MPs write a letter to the 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady. Currently it would take 48 letters to be submitted. Brady alone knows how many letters are received — despite endless press reports of it being “close”.
Mr Baker: „They will tell you they have put in letters in when they haven’t, they will take them out and not tell you they have them put them out , they will say they have submitted them when they haven’t, and so forth.“
It is to Brady that Conservative MPs must send letters of no confidence if they wish to formally trigger a challenge to May’s leadership. For this to happen at least 15% of Tory MPs must do this, making a current threshold of 48.
Once the threshold is passed Sir Graham is obliged to begin the vote as soon as possible.
If the prime minister survives the vote and sees off a leadership challenge, she would be rewarded with a year’s immunity from a fresh coup attempt.
The true number of letters that have been sent in is almost certainly higher. There is no obligation for MPs to disclose whether they have sent in letters to the chairman of the party’s backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady.
the editor of BrexitCentral said on Friday, citing a single source who he said was always previously reliable.
“Regrettably, this is not the situation, therefore, in accordance with the relevant rules and procedures of the Conservative Party and the 1922 Committee this is a formal letter of No Confidence in the Leader of the Party, the Rt Hon Theresa May.
“I am copying this letter to the Prime Minister and the Chief Whip, and although I understand that it is possible for the correspondence to remain confidential I shall be making it public.”
Speaking outside the meeting, he denied that it was a “coup” and said that it was not about his own ambition, adding: “I am no putting my name forward for leadership.”
He said that there was “swathes of talent” in the party, referencing Dominic Raab, David David, Esther Mcvey and Boris Johnson.
He did, however, say that he thinks the next Tory leader should be a Leave backer, unlike Mrs May.
THE Commons fell silent on Thursday when prominent Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg threatened Theresa May directly and claimed he will write a letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister over her controversial Brexit draft agreement.