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Exclusive: Fourteen Tory MPs stab David Cameron so far

13 September 2012

1:32 PM

13 September 2012

1:32 PM

Mr Steerpike understands that only fourteen Tory MPs have written to Graham Brady, the chairman of the backbenchers 1922 committee, asking for a leadership contest to oust David Cameron. Although the names officially remain a secret, fourteen is the number that the PM’s enemies believe that they have secured so far.

Our Prime Minister can breath a sigh of relief, for now. Thirty two more names are needed for any kind of trouble, as Matthew d’Ancona explained in yesterday’s Evening Standard:

‘Under the system introduced by William Hague in 1998, the incumbent leader faces a vote of no confidence triggered by letters from 15 per cent of the parliamentary party (in this case, 46 Tory MPs).’

The fact that only 4.5 per cent of young Dave’s 306 MPs are willing to put their money where their mouth is certainly places all the recent leadership speculation in some context.


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  • Heartless etc.,

    Bodes ill! The Spineless H2B has a largely spineless Parliamentary ‘Party’ behind him.

  • timinsingapore

    How depressing that anyone should feel that David Davis could be electable as Prime Minister. Right-wing Tory MPs live in their own, over-heated little world.

  • http://twitter.com/bbcgoogle Rockin Ron

    14 out of the 46 needed – the exit clock for Cameron has started, can almost hear David Davies limbering up to take over. Notice has been served – the game is afoot!

  • facebook40pcup

    Perhaps now would be a good time to visit France and sort their economy out david What do you think?

  • ScaryBiscuits

    The fact that only 4.5 per cent of young Dave’s 306 MPs are willing to put their money where their mouth is certainly places all the recent leadership speculation in some context.
    So about 1 in 20 MPs are so unhappy with Dave’s leadership they are prepared to trigger what would be a very messy and risky process. This is an interim number because (a) a lot of people are only just back from holiday (b) the reshuffle was only last week (c) many are still indulging themselves in wishful thinking that it will make an difference and (d) the back-track on deficit reduction is scheduled for the Autumn which is when many more MPs will realise the coalition has failed even in its primary purpose.
    There is no time limit on the letters, they just accumulate. Assuming most of these letters have been deposited since the botched budget, at this rate, therefore, Dave is almost certain to face a confidence vote before the next election and probably before or just after the local elections in May, maybe sooner if the police commission elections go badly.

  • david jones

    Why is it that the Guido Fawkes website says that the Speccie comments on this when “this” is written by harry Cole who, guess what, is employed by Guido fawkes.

  • Derp

    Luckily for spineless leaders the vast majority of MPs are also, unsurprisingly, spineless.

    • Austin Barry

      Well, they’re spineless, but also careerists. If they think that an allegiance to Cameron will cost them their seats they will not hesitate to cast him, chinless and platitude-sodden, into the abyss.

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