Tory MPs rally around Theresa May following Shapps’ plot to oust PM

Senior Conservatives have spoken out in support of the Prime Minister following attempts to oust Mrs May yesterday.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson have all publicly spoken out in support of the Prime Minister after former party chairman Grant Shapps claimed to have the backing of 30 MPs in calling for Prime Minister May to resign following her troubled CPC address.

His attempts to trigger a Conservative leadership contest have been widely condemned with Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom telling Mr Shapps to “shut up”.

Yesterday Mrs May told reporters that she had the “full support” of her cabinet.

This morning, leaked Whatsapp messages from Boris Johnson revealed he had urged colleagues to “get behind” the PM saying “We have just had an election and people are fed up with this malarkey.”

He encouraged Tory MPs to “circle the wagons” and “turn the fire on Corbyn”.

Mr Johnson’s intervention followed calls for his own resignation after he made controversial comments about Libya at a party conference fringe event last week and his public comments on Brexit.

MP for Chelmsford Vicky Ford dismissed Shapps’ plot calling him “out of touch”, adding “he’s not even in our Whatsapp group”.

Earlier in the week Environment Secretary Michael Gove said that the Prime Minister had shown “grit and grace” following her conference address.

Yesterday a poll revealed that PM May’s dramatic address in Manchester had not hurt the Conservative popularity with voters, however Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party was slightly ahead.

Backbench MP and former ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here’ contestant Nadine Dorries claimed Shapps’ attempted coup was part of a ‘remain’ conspiracy to block Brexit.

She also joked on Sky News’ ‘All Out Politics with Adam Boulton’ that if Grant Shapps had 30 MPs back his attempts to topple the PM, “Diane Abbot must be doing the adding up”.

MP for Braintree James Cleverly also intervened on Twitter, pointing followers to a YouGov poll suggesting the Conservatives were a point ahead of what they were prior to the the Prime Minister’s address at the CPC.

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