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Grantham MP Nick Boles says challenge to Theresa May's leadership is 'grossly irresponsible'

Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles has slammed Tory MPs who have challenged Prime Minister Theresa May's leadership, condemning their actions as 'grossly irresponsible'.

Mrs May will face a vote of confidence later today. The vote will take place between 6pm and 8pm with an announcement on the result expected by 9pm.

Mr Boles tweeted this morning: "Glad to say that I have the full support of my association chairman in denouncing this grossly irresponsible challenge to Theresa May’s leadership. As he says ‘there is not a cat in hell’s chance of a new leader getting a better deal from Europe’."

Caroline Johnson meets constituents in Ancaster. (5955982)
Caroline Johnson meets constituents in Ancaster. (5955982)

Mr Boles also said: "It is perfectly possible to believe that she has many failings as PM and that it would be grossly irresponsible to get rid of her in the final stages of the most important international negotiations in the last 50 years. Now is not the time.

"If Theresa May wins the confidence vote tonight it will be because moderate, pragmatic, mainstream MPs voted for her. She should then seek a majority from moderate, pragmatic, mainstream MPs from ALL parties to get a Norway Plus Brexit deal through."

This week Conservative Coun Ray Wootten criticized the Prime Minister after she decided to delay a vote on Brexit in the commons on Tuesday. Speaking after Sleaford MP Dr Caroline Johnson met constituents in Ancaster to discuss Brexit, he said: "The news that the Prime Minister has delayed the vote on Brexit is extremely disappointing. It is imperative that clarification regarding the Irish Backstop is resolved as soon as possible so a vote can be taken in the House of Commons which gives clarity to the direction that we as a country take on March 29, 2019."

Mrs May has said a new prime minister would mean delaying Brexit or even scrapping it.


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