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Tuesday 23 April 2019

Happy St George’s Day! Parliament returns from recess today and so do we. Credit to Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party for limiting theirs to just two days after holding a rally in Nottingham on Saturday. Clearly someone is invoking the spirit of England’s patron saint, and it’s certainly not Theresa May (see below).

With the prime minister today resuming cross-party talks towards a Brexit even less worthy of the name, the focus is naturally on how to get her out of Number 10.

Having survived a no-confidence motion in December, under the Conservative Party’s rules May is immune from another attempt until the end of the year. The 1922 Committee, which runs the parliamentary party’s internal workings, is now looking into revising its rules to facilitate an early motion of no confidence, if necessary.

May is “Supergluing herself to Downing Street like the eco-warriors”, a member of the Committee told the Telegraph. Chairman Sir Graham Brady will tell the prime minister she must name her date of departure or she will be forced out on June 12. In her third round of negotiations with backbenchers to get her damned withdrawal deal over the line Mrs May promised to exit the stage soon, but refused to provide additional assurances. It’s up to MPs to force her out.

According to ITV the date of the European elections exactly a month from now is being mooted, along with June 30, May’s original delayed Brexit date.

“We now know that the prime minister is not good with dates, so she will have to be given one,” said Nigel Evans who has been making the slam dunk case for May to go in the press over the past 24 hours.

Evans’ efforts are buttressed by a ConservativeHome poll putting Boris Johnson way out in the lead as the favourite among Tory grassroots to succeed May. The former Mayor of London has more than double the backing of Dominic Raab in second place and three times as many supporters as Michael Gove who lies third. The highest placed Remain voting “favourite” is Jeremy Hunt, who polled at a pitiful 6.47%. Boris has just under a third of grassroots Tories behind him.

The path forward for the Tories is bleedingly obvious, let’s hope more MPs get in line and oust May. They did it with Mrs Thatcher, today’s case for regicide is infinitely stronger.