May’s govt the most di­vided ever: Labour

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LON­DON: Labour has ac­cused Theresa May of lead­ing “the most di­vided gov­ern­ment ever” as it re­leased a dossier claim­ing a third of Con­ser­va­tive MPS have pub­licly crit­i­cised either the gov­ern­ment or a Tory col­league within the last year.

On the eve of the Con­ser­va­tives’ an­nual con­fer­ence, Labour said more than 100 Tory MPS have re­cently turned THEIR ire on A COL­LEAGUE or on gov­ern­ment pol­icy.

The re­port said 80 per cent of the at­tacks were di­rected at May or her gov­ern­ment, with 83 MPS hav­ing crit­i­cised one of the two.

The dossier was re­leased as a num­ber of se­nior Con­ser­va­tives spoke out against May’s lead­er­ship and voiced fears about the prospects of the party.

Much of the crit­i­cism out­lined in the Labour doc­u­ment re­lates to May’s Che­quers plan for Brexit, which has been widely con­demned by both Euroscep­tics and Re­main sup­port­ers on the Tory benches.

It has been called “un­work­able” by Justine Green­ing, the pro-euro­pean for­mer ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tary, while for­mer Brexit min­is­ter Steve Baker said it could lead to a “cat­a­strophic split” in the Con­ser­va­tive Party.

Mike Pen­ning, pre­vi­ously seen as an ally of May, de­scribed the plan as “dead as a dodo,” and for­mer cab­i­net min­is­ter Priti Pa­tel said it would be “a disas­ter for our coun­try.”

May is fac­ing mount­ing pres­sure to ditch the pro­pos­als, which are also highly un­pop­u­lar with Tory mem­bers and have been re­jected by EU lead­ers.

Fur­ther ev­i­dence of di­vi­sion in the dossier in­clude blue-on-blue at­tacks by Tory MPS on Boris John­son, the for­mer for­eign sec­re­tary who re­signed in protest at the Che­quers plan.

He has been called “the great char­la­tan” by the health se­lect com­mit­tee chair Sarah Wol­las­ton, while Con­ser­va­tive grandee Ken Clarke said John­son’s crit­i­cism was an “ir­rel­e­vant nui­sance.”

An­other sec­tion fo­cuses on di­vi­sions within the cab­i­net, par­tic­u­larly be­tween se­nior Brex­i­teers and pro-eu min­is­ters such as Philip Ham­mond, the chan­cel­lor.

Labour claimed the doc­u­ment showed the Con­ser­va­tives are un­able to de­liver a good Brexit deal.

An­drew Gwynne, the shadow com­mu­ni­ties and lo­cal gov­ern­ment sec­re­tary, said: “Riven by back­bit­ing and plot­ting, this Tory gov­ern­ment is the most di­vided gov­ern­ment ever.”

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