Theresa May pleads with her Cabinet to end leaks as Tory briefing war grows

Theresa May and her Cabinet
Theresa May’s Cabinet. WPA Pool / Getty
  • Theresa May pleads with her colleagues to stop leaks.
  • Extraordinary intervention follows growing briefing war between senior members of the government.
  • May will remind her Cabinet to concentrate on delivering on Brexit.
  • PM insists Cabinet discussions must be kept private.

LONDON — Theresa May will tomorrow plead with her Cabinet to stop leaking private conversations to the press, following a growing briefing way among senior members of the Cabinet.

In recent days details of private Cabinet discussions have made their way into the press, with five Cabinet members leaking alleged comments by the Chancellor on public sector pay to the Sunday Times.

One Cabinet minister told the Daily Telgraph today that Hammond was trying to “f*** up” Brexit, while Hammond suggested in an interview on Sunday that some of his hardline Brexit-suppporting colleagues were targeting him.

Other stories about clashes between the Brexit secretary David Davis and the foreign secretary Boris Johnson have also made their way into the press, along with widespread reports of Cabinet members manoeuvring against the prime minister.

In an extraordinary intervention, the PM’s spokesman said today that May would urge her Cabinet to stop leaking to the press and concentrate on “delivering for the British people instead.”

“Of course cabinet must be able to hold disscussions of policy in private and the prime minister will be reminding her Cabinet colleagues of that at the cabinet meeting tomorrow,” they said.

“She will remind them of their responsibilities and make the point that ministers aross government need to be focsued on delivering for the British public.

The aide said they were not aware of any formal investigation into the leaks, but added:

“I am not going to get into speculation about who said what, where and when. I am simply saying that Cabinet must be able to hold its dicsussions on public policy in private and the PM will remind her colleauges of that.”