Tory MPs tell Theresa May she only has their support 'at the moment'

LONDON — Theresa May has the support of Conservative MPs “at the moment,” the man representing backbenchers has said.

The prime minister told journalists last week that she will lead the party into the next general election, despite previously telling her MPs that she would only stay as long as they wanted her to.

When asked about the comments today, the chair of the 1922 committee, Graham Brady, told the BBC May’s position was “subject to the support of colleagues.”

Asked if May had the support of MPs to lead them into another general election, he replied: “If my colleagues are then I am.”

He then added: “At the moment we are solidly behind Theresa May.”

Watch Graham Brady back May “at the moment”

Asked about May’s performance during the last election, Brady was damning, saying that “almost everything went wrong in the campaign in my view.”

He added: “The fact it was focused as a presidential campaign. That just didn’t work for Theresa May.”

The prime minister and her closest allies now insist that she will lead the party for the long term.

However, a poll of Conservative members this week found that a majority want her to stand down, with backbench MP Jacob Rees-Mogg now the leading contender to replace her.

Do backbench Conservative MPs want Theresa May to stay on, @Jo_Coburn asks 1922 Committee chairman Graham Brady #bbcdp
— Daily&SundayPolitics (@daily_politics) September 5, 2017

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