Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PM Allies Tell Tory Rebels: See You in Court; LEGAL BID TO HALT LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE May Has 'Lost Confidence of Conservative Activists'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PM Allies Tell Tory Rebels: See You in Court; LEGAL BID TO HALT LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE May Has 'Lost Confidence of Conservative Activists'

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Byline: Joe Murphy and Nicholas Cecil EXCLUSIVE

THERESA MAY's allies are threatening legal action to stop the Tory leadership rules being changed to help oust her from power, it emerged today. The potential court challenge, revealed by a senior supporter of the Prime Minister, came as she faced two separate moves to cut short her premiership. In key developments: . The chairman of the National Conservative Continued on Page 9 Continued from Page 1 ?Convention, which represents UK-wide membership, declared formally that Mrs May had lost the confidence of activists. Announcing an Extraordinary General Meeting on June 15 to debate a no-confidence motion, Andrew Sharpe wrote: "We therefore with great reluctance ask that she considers her position and resigns, to allow the Conservative Party to choose another leader, and the Country to move forward and negotiate our exit from the EU."

." Officers of the 1922 Committee, which represents backbench Tory MPs, were shifting towards a vote against Mrs May. A secret ballot last month resulted in a 9-7 divide against changing the rules to push out the PM, but two members of the committee, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and Dame Cheryl Gillan, were said by insiders to be considering changing sides.

.Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt argued that a "permanent customs union wouldn't work in the long run because our economy is too big". However, Chancellor Philip Hammond called for "arrangements which allow us to have as low-friction trade as possible" with the EU.

.Tory MPs voiced anger as talks between Downing Street and Labour towards adopting a customs union after Brexit were restarting this afternoon.

Senior Labour MP Mary Creagh urged party leader Jeremy Corbyn to reject a deal with Mrs May, saying: "Beware the embrace of a drowning woman."

The Evening Standard has learned that Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, has taken independent legal advice on whether MPs have the right to change the rulebook. …

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