May calls on Cameron to sub­due Cab­i­net

Prime Min­is­ter warns her party to stop in­fight­ing and to con­cen­trate in­stead on de­liv­er­ing Brexit

The Daily Telegraph - - Front page - By Kate Mccann SE­NIOR PO­LIT­I­CAL COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Theresa May has turned to David Cameron for ad­vice as she pre­pares to call on po­ten­tial rebels in her Cab­i­net to work to­gether to de­liver Brexit. The for­mer prime min­is­ter was seen en­ter­ing Down­ing Street and of­fi­cials said the pair met af­ter party dis­ci­pline col­lapsed over the week­end.

THERESA MAY has turned to David Cameron for ad­vice as she pre­pares to warn war­ring ri­vals in her Cab­i­net to stop bick­er­ing and work to­gether to de­liver Brexit.

The for­mer prime min­is­ter was seen en­ter­ing Down­ing Street and of­fi­cials con­firmed a pri­vate meet­ing be­tween the pair had taken place af­ter party dis­ci­pline col­lapsed over the week­end, with Cab­i­net min­is­ters brief­ing against each other to news­pa­pers.

The open warfare re­sulted in Philip Ham­mond, the Chan­cel­lor, call­ing for his col­leagues to stop spread­ing “tit­tle­tat­tle” while Iain Dun­can Smith, the for­mer leader, told min­is­ters to “shut up for God’s sake”.

Speak­ing to Tory MPS at the party’s 1922 Com­mit­tee party last night, Mrs May made it clear that the choice is be­tween her or Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn as she warned them to curb the in­sults.

She said: “No back­bit­ing, no carp­ing. The choice is me or Jeremy Corbyn and no one wants him. Go away and have a proper break and come back ready for se­ri­ous busi­ness.”

Back­bench mem­bers in­clud­ing Gra­ham Brady, the chair­man, are un­der­stood to have given her their backing to sack un­ruly min­is­ters in an un­ex­pected show of sup­port.

Nigel Evans, a mem­ber of the 1922 Com­mit­tee who was present at the meet­ing, said: “It’s time for ev­ery­body to fo­cus on the jobs they’ve got and stop han­ker­ing over other peo­ple’s jobs where there are no va­can­cies.”

The meet­ing with Mr Cameron, which was re­port­edly ar­ranged be­fore the pub­lic feud, is an in­di­ca­tion that the Prime Min­is­ter is seek­ing ad­vice from se­nior party fig­ures as she bat­tles with a wafer-thin ma­jor­ity in the House of Com­mons.

She will tell her Cab­i­net this morn­ing that the vit­riol must stop and meet­ings must be kept pri­vate from now on.

Yes­ter­day Mr Cameron said he would send rebel Con­ser­va­tive Cab­i­net min­is­ters down a “very, very dan­ger­ous river” to stop them fur­ther dam­ag­ing the rep­u­ta­tion of the party.

It is not the first time the two lead­ers have met since Mrs May took over, amid claims she is too weak to lead and re­ports of her own min­is­ters plot­ting against her.

Se­nior Con­ser­va­tive MPS are said to be grow­ing in­creas­ingly frus­trated with claims of lead­er­ship ri­valry and have warned “self-in­dul­gent” Cab­i­net ri­vals they should im­me­di­ately end the rows. Days of dam­ag­ing news­pa­per head­lines in­volv­ing se­nior min­is­ters crit­i­cis­ing each other led the 1922 Com­mit­tee to call on Mrs May, at a meet­ing last week, to rep­ri­mand or even sack min­is­ters who talk out of turn. Mrs May will tell her se­nior team to end the back-bit­ing and work to­gether to de­liver Brexit at a meet­ing of the Cab­i­net to­day.

She is also ex­pected to re­it­er­ate to her col­leagues, some of whom leaked de­tails of the same meet­ing last week, that fight­ing could al­low Mr Corbyn in to Down­ing Street and dam­age the coun­try.

It came as Do­minic Cum­mings, a key ally and for­mer aide to Michael Gove, the En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary, launched a sting­ing at­tack on David Davis, , the Brexit Sec­re­tary, call­ing him “as thick as mince” and “lazy as a toad”. The for­mer head of the Leave cam­paign also ac­cused Mrs May of fail­ing to un­der­stand the Brexit Bill, an­nounced last week.

Yes­ter­day a Cab­i­net min­is­ter told The Daily Tele­graph that Mr Ham­mond was de­lib­er­ately try­ing to “frus­trate” Brexit, while last week Mr Ham­mond was ac­cused of say­ing pub­lic sec­tor work­ers are “over­paid” and of mak­ing sex­ist re­marks.

Last week MPS backing Mr Davis and Boris John­son, the For­eign Sec­re­tary, clashed at a party in Lon­don, re­port­edly claim­ing each would kick the other “in the b------s” if the brief­ings did not stop, ac­cord­ing to The Sun­day Times.

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