Theresa May’s unpopularity in her own party has reached a new low, with Tory activists successfully triggering an Extraordinary General Meeting where they will push for a no confidence vote in their own Prime Minister.
The Sun report that a petition signed by local Conservative Association Chairman has reached the threshold, the first time a Tory Leader has faced such a challenge in 185 years.
The petition itself reads: “We no longer feel that Mrs May is the right person to continue as Prime Minister to lead us forward in the negotiations.
“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.”
This has been rumbling in the background for a while. In February, Conservative activists overwhelmingly backed a motion that read: “The National Convention supports the commitments the Prime Minister has made to the country to honour the European Union referendum result of 2016, that having triggered Article 50 we will leave the European Union on the 29 March 2019.
“Another referendum, a delay beyond the European Elections, taking ‘No Deal’ off the table or not leaving at all would betray the 2016 People’s Vote and damage democracy and our party for a generation.”
Since then anger has grown at May’s failure to deliver. Dinah Glover, a Tory Chairman in East London, has said: “She does need to go now. And we need to reset the negotiations, set a different course. We do have an extension until the end of October which actually could be used positively.
“But I think with Mrs. May its not going to be used positively.”
As the Chairman of the Campaign for Conservative Democracy, John Stafford, has previously explained: “There has never been an Extraordinary Meeting of the National Convention so we are in new territory.
“If the meeting is held and the motion passed it would put massive pressure on Theresa May to resign. It does not force the issue but would be quite devastating to her authority.”
With local and European Elections on the horizon that are likely to see voters punish the Conservative Party, who can blame grassroot activists for feeling utterly despondent?