May 1) ConservativeHome poll tells nation that two thirds of members want her gone

“Theresa May has lost the support of Conservative members who want her to resign after her election failure, according to a large survey. Almost 60 per cent of grassroots Tories told the ConservativeHome website that the Prime Minister must fall on her sword after destroying her Commons majority. The results were described as “astonishing” by the website’s editor, former MP Paul Goodman, who said: “It is the most damning finding in one of our polls that I can remember.” – Independent on Sunday

  • The “snap survey” showed strength of feeling that she should resign – Sunday Telegraph
  • Only 36 per cent said she should stay – The Sun on Sunday
  • YouGov poll shows almost half of all voters concur she should go – Sunday Express

>Yesterday: Our snap survey. Two in three Conservative Party members say that May should announce her resignation

May 2) Figures “at very top of the party” are calling for replacement by time of party conference

“…Demands came as Mrs May made a flurry of calls in an attempt to stay in Number 10 in the hours after a disastrous election night that saw the Tories lose seats. The tactic has worked in the short term, with senior Tories willing to serve amid fears another election could let Jeremy Corbyn into Number 10.  But an unofficial race to replace her was already underway as allies of Boris Johnson and David Davis talked up their credentials and briefed against the other. Figures at the very top of the party now believe she cannot remain leader for long, with some calling for a replacement by the time of the party’s conference in October.” – Sunday Telegraph



>Today: Conservative MPs do not believe that May can lead them into the next election. Nor, reluctantly, do we.

May 3) Timothy and Hill announce their resignations on ConservativeHome. They are replaced by Barwell.

“A former minister who lost his seat in the general election has been appointed Theresa May’s new chief of staff. Gavin Barwell was ousted from his Croydon Central constituency as a result of Labour’s unexpectedly strong showing. The prime minister said that he would bring “considerable experience” to the post. Barwell has the enormous task of stepping into the role that had been jointly held by Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, May’s long-term political allies who resigned in the wake of the election result.” – Observer


  • May’s aides thought they “knew better” – Craig Oliver, Mail on Sunday 
  • Like I said in October, Hill has been unfairly treated by some of the media – James Kirkup, Sunday Telegraph
  • Does this show that May’s learnt from her mistakes or not? – Tom Harris, Sunday Telegraph
  • Her advisers made her into a robot – David Wooding, The Sun on Sunday 
  • Had they even told her the election result? – Camilla Cavendish, The Sunday Times (£)


May 4) Duncan Smith: To “bring her down” now would be to bring the country down

“…If we turn in on ourselves or try and bring the Prime Minister down then in the long run the only loser will be our party – and, through it, the country itself, because that would open the door to Jeremy Corbyn. A leadership election now or in the next few months would plunge the country into a crisis right in the middle of critical negotiations, which would endear us to none of those 13.6 million voters who kept faith with us. Theresa May is still the best person to stabilise and re-configure the government, not just for the next few weeks but for longer.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • Jenkins says she should be supported for “sake of Brexit” – Sunday Express

Cabinet members press Johnson to challenge for leadership

“Boris Johnson has been pressed by five other members of the cabinet to oust Theresa May as prime minister as the Tory party descended into a new civil war. The foreign secretary was contacted by the ministers on Friday morning as the scale of the general election debacle was unfolding and told they would support him if he moved against May. “A handful of senior people have pledged their loyalty to Boris at cabinet level,” an ally said.” – The Sunday Times (£)


  • Johnson’s long wait may finally be over – Andrew Gimson, Mail on Sunday

“No deal has been finalised” with the DUP

“Theresa May’s grip on power appears far from secure despite a potential deal with the Democratic Unionist Party to support her in Parliament. Downing Street initially said an outline agreement on a “confidence and supply” arrangement had been reached with the DUP which will be put to the Cabinet for discussion on Monday. But no deal has yet been finalised and talks on the arrangement will continue during the week as Mrs May desperately tries to shore up her position after losing her Commons majority in the election.” – Sunday Telegraph


McDonnell says Labour could have won with two more weeks of campaign

“Jeremy Corbyn would have become prime minister at the head of a majority Labour government if the election campaign had gone on for two more weeks, the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, claims today. Writing in the Observer, after Labour confounded its critics and most of its own MPs by depriving Theresa May of an overall majority while increasing its Commons numbers by 32, McDonnell says political momentum was firmly behind his party because the British public had recognised Corbyn’s decency, strength and principles.” – Observer


>Yesterday: LeftWatch: Anti-Corbyn Labour MPs – they haven’t gone away, but what do they do now?

>Today: Margot James in Comment: We need to make the case for wealth creation to a new generation of young people

Voters say Sturgeon lost election for SNP by calling for another referendum

“…In the dramatic events of Thursday night/Friday morning, Salmond, the former first minister, and the SNP’s deputy leader Angus Robertson were unseated, in Gordon and Moray respectively. But perhaps the biggest casualty of the night was the prospect of a second independence referendum for Scotland, an issue that had dominated campaigning. For Allan, a supporter of Brexit who voted No in the 2014 referendum, it was the notion of a second vote on independence that swung it. “The minute Sturgeon started talking about another referendum, that was a clincher.” – Observer

Brexit 1) Ruth Davidson calls for a “reopening” of Brexit as she denies Scottish Conservative break-off

“Ruth Davidson on Saturday raised the prospect of her new group of Scottish Tory MPs torpedoing a hard Brexit as Theresa May found herself trapped between her party’s Leave and Remain supporters. The Scottish Conservative leader flexed her new political muscle in a hung parliament to warn that the Prime Minister’s Brexit blueprint needed to be “reopened” following Mrs May’s shock failure to secure a majority in last week’s General Election… Pressed if they would oppose a hard Brexit, Ms Davidson said she would put a deal that prioritised the economy and free trade over restricting immigration “at the heart of what I’m after” from Mrs May.””  – Daily Telegraph

Brexit 2) Rees-Mogg: It must go ahead

“…The case for Theresa May staying on needs to be made. Brexit is an important part of this analysis. Negotiations are about to start, and the nation cannot afford to show weakness across the channel. Already, people who never wanted to leave the European Union are calling for a change of tune, by which they mean a reversal of the referendum. “Hard” and “soft” Brexit are code words for leaving or staying in the EU, rather than for the terms of our departure. No such denial of the people’s will can be permitted.” – Sunday Telegraph (£)


Brexit 3) Britain may lose a top Nato position to France or Germany

“Britain is set to lose one of the most senior military commander posts in Nato to either France or Germany, it was claimed this weekend. A British officer has held the key role of deputy supreme allied commander Europe for much of the period since it was created in 1951. Working with the supreme allied commander Europe, who is always an American general, the position has put Britain in a “pivotal” position in the alliance. The first to hold the post, Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, worked under the leadership of the first supreme allied commander, General Dwight Eisenhower.” – The Sunday Times

  • Expert says Britain is “sleepwalking” into EU army – Sunday Express

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