Former housing minister emerges as leader of plot to dethrone PM

PA•TWITTERTheresa May was given a P45 form by prankster Lee Nelson during her speech

But Mr Shapps, who was co-chair of the party between 2012 and 2015, told the BBC Mrs May was a "perfectly decent person" but had "rolled the dice" and lost over her decision to call a snap election.

Earlier, loyalist MPs claimed a backbench plot to oust her from Number 10 was set to "fizzle out" after former party chairman Grant Shapps was identified as the ringleader.

While 61-year-old May's own Cabinet has rallied around her, Shapps accused them of trying to overlook a series of blunders that made May's leadership of the party and the country untenable.

"There's that sort of lack of discipline in the cabinet and party conference this week and I think a growing number of my colleagues realise the solution isn't to bury our heads in the sand and hope things will get better". Pound Drops The pound fell against most major peers as May's leadership came under question, with Nomura analyst Jordan Rochester predicting it would hit post-Brexit lows if she resigned.

Environment Secretary and one-time leadership contender Michael Gove, threw his weight behind May.

"Grant has many talents but the one thing he doesn't have is a following in the party". So really I think this is going to fizzle out to be completely honest. Speaking anonymously, one Tory lawmaker said May should resign now to allow a new leader to be elected because she would lead the party to defeat at the next election.

Sky News contacted 285 MPs, and of the 103 who either replied or spoke publicly, just three called for Mrs May to go. No sooner had she resumed, than May was overtaken by a prolonged coughing fit, which continued on and off throughout the rest of the speech.

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A senior ally of Theresa May has warned rebel Conservative MPs that there is no mood in the party for a leadership challenge.

"Boris told me to hand her a P45", he told Reuters.

"I wouldn't buy a used auto from one embittered colleague - let alone take advice from him about who should be PM", he said.

Under the headline: 'Theresa May will stay as Prime Minister and get the job done, ' interior minister Amber Rudd wrote in The Telegraph newspaper on Friday that "she should stay".

Shapps also said this came from across the party, including those who wanted to leave the European Union, remain and those "somewhere in the middle" like himself.

"Theresa May, quite rightly, and we respected her for saying it, said she'd serve as long as you want me to".

Her address could be make or break for the prime minister, whose attempt to present a united front at the conference has been undermined by Johnson, a possible leadership contender who received rousing applause for his speech on Tuesday.

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