LONDON — Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says that he and other senior figures in government have made clear to Prime Minister Theresa May that she must govern in a more collaborative manner following her humiliating failure to win a majority at this week’s general election.
The Conservative Party fell short of a parliamentary majority by eight seats on Thursday, amid rumours that May had allowed her two most senior advisers, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, to have effectively unchallenged power in Downing Street, alienating cabinet ministers like Fallon and Chancellor Philip Hammond.
Both advisers resigned on Saturday after reports that senior figures gave May an ultimatum that she would face a leadership challenge if the pair were not out of their jobs by Monday. Now, Fallon says, senior Tories have told May that she must take a less individualistic approach to governing.
“We’re going to see more collective government,” Fallon told the BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday morning.
“I and other colleagues have made that clear to her.”
Fallon’s comments come amid rumours that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is planning a leadership challenge to May.
The Times reports that five cabinet ministers have urged him to stand against May. “He has been inundated with messages of support,” one ally reportedly told the paper.
“We are facing a populist and they have realised we need someone who can talk to the people. We need a Brexiteer. Boris is the only option with the liberal values, Brexit credentials and popular appeal.”
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