BORIS BACKS MAY: Johnson urges top Tories to get behind Prime Minister after election

12 Jun

Speculation about Mrs May’s future was fuelled by Mr Osborne yesterday.

“Theresa May is dead woman walking. It is just how long she is going to remain on death row,” said the former chancellor sacked by her last year.

Speaking on BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show, Mr Osborne said Mrs May was on the brink. “I think we will know very shortly. We could easily get to the middle of next week and it all collapses for her,” he added.

Other senior Tories said Mrs May should go before the next election but warned against a rushed exit. Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan told ITV’s Peston On Sunday: “I think it’s fairly clear Theresa May cannot lead us into another election. Of course we don’t know when that’s going to happen, and I don’t think we should rush that.

“But if we’re going to have a leadership contest what we cannot do is have another coronation like last summer.”

Former business minister Anna Soubry said Mrs May’s position was “untenable” long term but warned against rushing to replace her.

She told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “We need stability, we need to put that sense of the economy and our country and the nation’s interests absolutely at the forefront, none of this messing about behind the scenes.”

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