The culture secretary brands it „disappointing“ after former minister Nick Gibb became the 14th Conservative MP to publicly call for the prime minister to resign, but says the plotters were in the „absolute minority“.
„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.“
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.