Replacing Theresa May will take longer than two weeks

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Despite suggestions to the contrary, if Tory MPs are agreed on one thing, it’s that the next leadership election will have to be a full contest involving the membership.

Could Theresa May really be ousted and replaced by the Conservative Party in a fortnight? That’s the suggestion – made in a provocative tweet by Tory backbencher Mark Pritchard – causing mischief in Westminster today.

Lots of wild and loose talk about leadership moves. There is no vacancy. However, on a technical point, if a vacancy did arise process need not take more than 2 working weeks – 4 days in Commons (if needed) and 6 days with membership – does not need to be an overly long process

— Mark Pritchard MP (@MPritchardUK) October 11, 2018

Advertising the ease with which the Prime Minister could in theory be replaced with somebody else is a peculiar gambit from a supporter of her Brexit strategy, which Pritchard is. But even more notable is the fact that just about nobody believes it could happen.

Barely any Conservative MPs think there should be a leadership election before the UK formally leaves the EU in March 2019. Most cite a lack of time, and the need to see Brexit through. Few are convinced by Pritchard’s insistence that a full contest in parliament and among the party in the country would be over in a matter of days. Notably, those opposing a leadership election include both those attempting to kill Chequers and government …read more

Source:: New Statesman


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