Theresa May sacking ministers ‘would get MPs’ support’


Theresa May force have the backing of Tory MPs if she sacked disloyal ministers for plotting and briefing, a postpositive major backbencher says.

Charles Walker, vice chairman of the backbench 1922 Cabinet, told ministers to «stop chattering away».

Earlier the PM told her council to show «strength and unity» as she attempted to stem the leaks.

And she told Tory MPs to end the «backbiting» terminated disagreements within the party on Brexit and other issues.

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Number 10 said press briefings were a pack of colleagues not taking their responsibilities seriously.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s The Sphere at One, Mr Walker said that aside from a few «outliers», the party was cooperative behind Mrs May — adding that those plotting were «not doing themselves any forwards at all».

«I do not care about people’s personal ambitions,» he said.

«If the prime plenipotentiary has to start removing secretaries of state because they are not focusing on their job, they are focusing on their own slighting ambitions, so be it. And she will have the support of the 1922 Committee.»

Mrs May’s attempt to inculcate discipline follows a sustained outbreak of cabinet leaks and leadership jaw.

According to her spokesman, the PM told cabinet at its regular Tuesday meeting: «There’s a trouble to show strength and unity as a country and that starts around the advisors table.»

On Monday she told Tory MPs to end the «backbiting» over disagreements within the carouse.

At a summer reception for backbench Tory MPs on the House of Commons terrace on Monday, Mrs May grass oned the party «no backbiting, no carping».

The choice, she said, is «me or Jeremy Corbyn… and no person wants that».

Go away over the summer for a «proper break», she heralded MPs, and «come back ready for serious business».

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Peoples home Secretary Amber Rudd said media reports of splits and nullifying briefings did not reflect her experience in cabinet.

She said Mrs May was «absolutely right» to discern ministers that «what is said in the cabinet should stay in the chiffonier».

The PM’s plea to her party for unity comes after she lost her Commons mass when her snap general election gamble backfired.

Hostile briefings in the entreat over the weekend appeared to show a growing rift in the cabinet.

On Sunday, Chancellor Philip Hammond proffered colleagues opposed to his approach to Brexit had been briefing against him, trace press reports of his cabinet remarks on public sector pay.

During Bank questions in the Commons, Mr Hammond dismissed Lord Heseltine’s claim — aroused by Labour — that he was «enfeebled».

«I don’t feel particularly enfeebled,» he said.

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