Prime Minister Theresa May is “a dead woman walking” who will inevitably face a leadership challenge, former Tory Chancellor George Osborne has said.
Mr Osborne, now editor of the Evening Standard, said Tory MPs were “furious” that Mrs May had not acknowledged their losses in the general election.
But defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon said the prime minister was changing her leadership style.
He said: “There is no other party that has any legitimacy or credibility.”
Theresa May told her position is ‘untenable’ as new General Election predicted
Senior Tories have told Theresa May she will never lead the party into another General Election as the Prime Minister’s authority drained away following her humiliating poll performance.
Mrs May was told her position in Number 10 is “untenable” amid reports Boris Johnson is plotting a bid to oust the PM with the backing of Cabinet members.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party will invite others to defeat the Government in the Queen’s speech, the PM’s legislative programme which will be presented to the Commons within weeks.
Tom Richmond: Welcome to limbo-land as Theresa May’s authority ebbs away
PRIME MINISTERS are at their strongest immediately after an election when they have been invited by the Queen to form the next government – there’s been no time for good intentions to unravel.
Yet Theresa May has never been weaker. No Commons majority, no personal mandate and no credibility. The more people saw of her, the less they liked. A Tory leader who warned against a ‘coalition of chaos’ is now at the mercy of her colleagues, her party, Northern Ireland’s hard-line Democratic Unionists and, to paraphrase Harold Macmillan’s timeless maxim, events.
Five cabinet ministers urge Boris to topple May
Boris Johnson has been pressed by five other members of the cabinet to oust Theresa May as prime minister as the Tory party descended into a new civil war. The foreign secretary was contacted by the ministers on Friday morning as the scale of the general election debacle was unfolding and told they would support him if he moved against May. “A handful of senior people…