MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough backs Theresa May amid leadership contest call

Katrina Barker
October 7, 2017

She said the government wants Brexit negotiations to succeed, but is also preparing for a scenario in which they could fail.

"I don't think it's just a question of whether this was Theresa May's last stand but actually it is quite clear that it was the Conservative Party Government's last stand when they did not address at this conference the key issues that are facing us today".

In the closing speech of her party's annual conference that was overshadowed by splits in her top team of ministers and recriminations after a botched June election, May will try to take charge and reset an agenda dominated by the complex talks to leave the European Union.

May had proposed a price cap on the sector earlier this year, the biggest market intervention since privatisation nearly 30 years ago, but the plan was thrown into doubt after her ruling Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority in an election in June. However this still falls short of the 48 needed to spark a contest under party rules.

"I think it's been apparent for some time that she would not be fighting the next election in 2022", said Shapps.

In an attempt to reboot her leadership, she apologized for the election fiasco in a speech to the Tory party conference on Wednesday.

In one of the most freaky British political speeches in a generation, May's address on Wednesday to her annual conference was ruined by a comedian handing her a bogus employment termination letter, repeated coughing fits and even by letters falling off the slogans on the set behind her.

Following the speech, May tweeted a picture of several throat lozenges and throat sprays around a copy of her speech. Ms May's de facto deputy, Damian Green, also said she would carry on.

The former cabinet minister and chairman of the Conservative party said he had meant to keep his plot to topple the prime minister secret but May's aides leaked his name to The Times, forcing him into the open.

Comedian Simon Brodkin managed to get on camera at the front of the stage and hand the prime minister the termination of employment tax form, and said "Boris asked me to give you this", before being ejected from the hall.

Mrs May retorted with a jibe aimed at the Labour Party leader, saying: "It's Jeremy Corbyn who should be given a P45". "Obviously she was having difficulties, but what we saw was her tenacity", Stephen Kerr, a Scottish member of parliament, told AFP. In a morning radio interview Gove said: "No one is burying their heads in the sand". But May's distress appeared to rouse the delegates, who gave her repeated standing ovations - and when she could not speak, urged her on by shouting "Come on, prime minister!".

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