Theresa May fights back against Tory plot to oust her

LONDON — Theresa May has insisted that she has the “full support of the cabinet,” as she battles a Tory plot to oust her as prime minister.

Speaking to the BBC, the prime minister said: “What the country needs is calm leadership, that is exactly what I am providing, with the full support of my Cabinet.”

The intervention follows a plot to remove May from Downing Street following her disastrous conference speech being revealed on Friday morning.

Senior Tory MP and former Conservative chairman Grant Sh apps said on Friday that she must go “sooner rather than later” and claimed to be backed by around 30 MPs who want the prime minister to step down.

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May told reporters that she would not be swayed from continuing her agenda for the country.

She added: “Next week I’m going to be updating MPs on my Florence speech, which has given real momentum to the Brexit talks and I will also be introducing a draft bill to cap energy prices, which will stop ordinary working families being ripped off.”

Shapps’ intervention was widely condemned by Conservative MPs, with several publicly calling for him to go quiet.

“What the country needs is calm leadership” – UK PM @Theresa_May responds to claims of plot by Tory MPs https://t.co/2LaJmvlIQu pic.twitter.com/fHChMAMzQv
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) October 6, 2017

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