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The Tories are pre­par­ing for sud­den by-elec­tions in case MPS are forced to stand down in re­sponse to sleaze al­le­ga­tions, re­ports the FT. With the sup­port of North­ern Ire­land’s DUP, the Gov­ern­ment has an ef­fec­tive ma­jor­ity of just 13, which would be wiped out if the Tories lost seven seats. Am­ber Rudd, the Home Sec­re­tary, sug­gested this week that it would be a “pos­i­tive thing” if there was a “clear­ing out” of politi­cians found to have sex­u­ally ha­rassed oth­ers.

As for May, says Rachel Sylvester in The Times, the view of Tory MPS is that she has now “used up all her po­lit­i­cal lives”. The Bud­get on 22 Novem­ber is seen as her last chance to seize back the po­lit­i­cal agenda.

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