- Theresa May heckled by Conservative delegate following heavy losses for her party in the local elections.
- Many of the prime minister’s colleagues want her to stand down and make way for a new leader.
- The Conservatives have lost more than 500 seats across England at the time of writing, with more results to come on Friday afternoon.
LONDON – Theresa May was heckled by a Conservative delegate on Friday afternoon in the wake of her party losing hundreds of seats across England in the local elections.
The prime minister was confronted by Stuart Davies, a member of Clwyd South Conservatives, as she took to the stage at the Welsh Conservative conference in Llangollen, Wales.
“Why don’t you resign?” Davies shouted from the audience as May began her speech.
“The national convention doesn’t want you. We don’t want you.”
He was led out of the room by security as other delegates chanted “out, out” at him.
May tried to make light of the incident, saying that “I have to say my experience of North Wales is that everybody I meet here is friendly.”
It came after the party lost hundreds of seats across the country in the local elections. The Tories had lost over 500 seats at the time of writing.
The party’s poor performance led to calls for her to stand down from colleagues.
“I don’t think we can continue like this,” the former International Development Secretary Priti Patel said in the wake of the results.
“People have very categorically said she is part of the problem,” she told the BBC.
“So I think where we’ve got to now look at these results, look at our direction of travel going forward as a party.
“I think obviously our party leadership and our party nationally need to look at the situation and make some very, very serious decisions now, in terms of where we go.”
May was already unpopular with swathes of Conservative MPs and party members prior to Thursday’s local elections for her decision to delay Brexit and pursue a cross-party deal with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.
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