The next leader must be someone able to woo the unconverted and broaden the Tory tent. As Mayor, he was that candidate. But is he still?
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New polling also reveals that neither is so far ahead as to be unstoppable, however.
A guarantee of a legally binding change to the backstop, and a more vague promise not to go on and on as leader, both present challenges.
WATCH: May – “I’ve heard loud and clear the concerns of those who didn’t feel they were able to support me”
The Prime Minister is meeting EU leaders to seek the “legal and political assurances” on the backstop she promised MPs yesterday.
Sir Graham Brady’s announcement of the voting figures came as an icy shock to the Prime Minister’s supporters.
We currently have it at 189 declared for May, versus the 31 publicly opposed, and 93 undeclared.
And her message amounts to warning that the alternatives wouldn’t work, so we might as well plod on as we are. It’s not very convincing.
Link to the Commons’ Library briefing paper, publicly available via the Parliament website.
“I think, actually, what people want to hear is how we get out of the mess of the backstop.”
“I think she could still turn it round. But we need a change of approach: she needs to go back with, if you like, a ‘best final offer’ to the EU.”
WATCH: Ex-Downing Street adviser says the Prime Minister’s political survival is “extremely unlikely in any circumstances”
Tom Swarbrick was “alongside Theresa May during previous crises, including when she called the last general election.”
“It’s very likely that the Prime Minister would win a confidence vote. Then there would be a 12 month gap before it could happen again.”
“I still think a deal could be done. But it is very late in the day now, and we need to change course.”
Four fifths of our panel remain opposed to her leadership, but within that group there has been a significant hardening of attitudes.
“I’m against an extension to transition”, Rees-Mogg confirms. Plus: How many letters does he think Brady holds? And could there be a second referendum?