May in fight to stay on as PM
OPEN warfare has erupted in the British government as Tory MPs brawl publicly over whether to depose Prime Minister Theresa May.
Former Conservative Party chairman and current MP Grant Shapps was outed by Mrs May’s allies as the ringleader of a coup attempt claimed to have signed up at least 30 disenchanted MPs.
A total of 48 are needed to trigger a leadership spill, although some rebels are believed to have adopted the strategy of trying to force Mrs May to through public pressure.
Mrs May was being further pressured to sack Foreign Minister Boris Johnston, who is accused of disloyalty by usurping her position on Brexit and arguing policies at odds with hers.
EU diplomats seized on the turmoil, briefing journalists that they believed Mrs May did not have the authority to successfully negotiate a Brexit deal. resign
Mr Shapps, whose name was leaked to The Times as leading the attempted coup, did not retreat but rather doubled down, calling for change.
“I think it’s time we actually tackle this issue of leadership and so do many colleagues,” he told the BBC. “We wanted to present that to Theresa May privately. Now I’m afraid it’s being done a bit more publicly.
“I think it’s time that we have a leadership election now, or at least let’s set out that timetable.”
Mrs May has been under pressure after her disastrous decision to call an early election cost the Conservatives majority government in June.
The tensions escalated in recent days after she muffed the speech meant to re-establish her political authority – she was ambushed by a prankster and suffered a coughing fit that almost stopped her speaking.
Nursing a cold yesterday, she told reporters: “What the country needs is calm leadership and that’s what I am providing with the full support of my cabinet.” Melania Trump seemed inspired by Latin culture in her choice of dress as she supported her husband at a Hispanic Heritage Month event in the White House yesterday.
The 47-year-old First Lady wore a bright red skirt with a figure-hugging off-white top, reminiscent of traditional flamenco-style skirts.
President Trump invited more than 200 Hispanic business, community and faith leaders from across the country to join him.
He has rankled Hispanics with his tough immigration policies and he drew sharp criticism for his initial slow response after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico.
Yesterday he told the guests in a bad Spanish accent that “We love Pueeeeerto Ricoooo”.