Published On: Sat, Aug 5th, 2017

Amber Rudd accused of holding secret meeting with Ruth Davidson in bid to oust Theresa May


The Cabinet minister met the Scottish Tory leader for drinks in a Glasgow hotel leading to fresh speculation that Theresa May’s day’s as Prime Minister could be numbered.

Sources told The Sun that Ms Davidson believes the Home Secretary is the “pick of the current Cabinet” and has what it takes to lead the country.

If true the leadership bid by the Ms Rudd will be tough as she has a tiny majority of 346 in her coastal Hastings seat.

Supporters of the Prime Minister were worried that she could face an early exit from Downing Street after, it was reported, 15 MPs agreed to sign a letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister.

Mrs May has previously warned any leadership contest would trigger another General Election, effectively installing Labour and Jeremy Corbyn in Government.

But top Tory sources say some younger MPs are keen for change with an aim to get rid of Mrs May before the Conservative conference in October.

Two weeks ago a former minister told the Sunday Times: “The numbers change from day to day depending on what’s happened but there are about 15 who are fairly consistent in their desire for change.

“If she has a quiet summer and there are no crises and things are not mismanaged then she might be able to cling on beyond the conference, but that is still a big if.”

Critics claim the party conference in Manchester in October could be used as a “beauty contest”.

The source said: “Those interested in the top job will no doubt use the conference as an opportunity to stretch their legs.

“They have seen cabinet ministers being disloyal to the Prime Minister so it’s likely some will push the boundaries even if that means being critical of the leadership.”

It follows a vow by Boris Johnson to end the “political kerfuffle” thrown up by last month’s General Election.

During a visit to New Zealand’s parliament buildings in Wellington, Mr Johnson was met with shouts of “Boris for PM”.

But the Foreign Secretary played down the idea of replacing Mrs May.

He said: “What the British people want to see is us getting on with the job. They see no need for any more political kerfuffle.”



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