How the front pages reacted to Theresa May's calamitous conference speech

  • How the front pages reacted to Theresa May's calamitous conference speech

How the front pages reacted to Theresa May's calamitous conference speech

Former Conservative chairman Grant Shapps said there are around 30 MPs, including five former cabinet ministers, who are now willing to publicly call for the prime minister to stand down. In his interview, Vaizey, who supported staying in the European Union at last year's referendum, said the Conservative Party is "split down the middle" on Brexit "and that's very bad for the country".

Overall, pundits are suggesting that May's stock is not rallying after the speech, which comes after she lost her party's majority in a June election gamble. Under the party's rules, a leadership race can be triggered if at least 48 of those MPs express their support.

"I think it's been apparent for some time that she would not be fighting the next election in 2022", said Shapps.

British PM Theresa May was set to deliver a speech on Wednesday to restore her leadership in the already faltering Conservative Party.

Comic Lee Nelson, real name Simon Brodkin, joked that foreign secretary Boris Johnson had asked him to perform the stunt during the prime minister's keynote speech.

Her aides sought to spin the speech as showing May's human side, countering the image of her being a "Maybot" who uttered scripted lines and answers during her election campaign.

But they added there were "probably many more" than the 30 disaffected MPs allegedly held on a list by Mr Shapps, warning: "I think the party is in a awful hole".

The Kent MP and energy minister Greg Clark says the Prime Minister showed grace under pressure during her conference speech - that was marred by a protester and a persistent cough.

That said, Ed Vaizey has claimed "quite a few" MPs want her to go.

Speaking on BBC 5 live Mr Shapps said: "We did have a result that was not at all what anyone wanted, least of all what she wanted or anticipated, and. sometimes when things happen you have to take responsibility for them".

The British Prime Minister has insisted she is providing "calm leadership" with the "full support" of her Cabinet.

A leadership contest could also pave the way for an election that some Conservatives worry could be won by Corbyn, whom they cast as a Marxist seeking to impose a socialist fantasy on Britain. "It would be better if she were to start the process, with a new leader before Christmas".

"The British pound has fallen out of bed since the end of the Conservative party conference".

The Prime Minister also said it will invest an additional £2 billion (S$3.6 billion) in affordable housing - taking the total affordable housing budget to nearly £9 billion.