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A senior member of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers has called for Theresa May to step down immediately – suggesting the influential group could set a timetable for her departure.

A senior member of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers has called for Theresa May to step down immediately – suggesting the influential group could set a timetable for her departure.

Nigel Evans, the committee’s joint executive secretary, said the process for selecting a new leader “can’t start soon enough”.

“To be honest I would be delighted if she announced today she was announcing her resignation and we could then have an orderly election to choose a new leader of the Conservative party,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

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“I believe the only way we’re going to break this impasse properly is if we have fresh leadership of the Conservative party … If there was an announcement today by the prime minister then of course we could start the process straight away.”

The executive of the 1922 Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday afternoon. However, another committee source said no decisions had been made, and that most of the reports about attempts to remove May “have only reflected the views of one or two members”.Theresa May and her husband Philip leave church in Sonning.© Reuters Theresa May and her husband Philip leave church in Sonning.

The prime minister, who will chair cabinet on Tuesday morning as talks restart with Labour on the possibility of a Brexit compromise, is also set to face a no-confidence motion from Conservative members.

More than 70 local constituency chairs have signed a motion calling for an emergency meeting of the National Conservative Convention, which represents the grassroots membership. This could pass a symbolic vote of no-confidence – though neither the 1922 Committee nor the NCC can force May to step down.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Nigel Evans MP Photograph: Chris McAndrew© Chris McAndrew Nigel Evans MP Photograph: Chris McAndrew

Evans said the combined force of both the parliamentary party and the grassroots meant May should “accept the fact the call for her resignation now is growing into a clamour”.

May is safe until December from a binding challenge to her leadership, having survived a no-confidence vote last year. It was triggered by enough Conservative MPs writing to the 1922 Committee to request a challenge.

Evans’s comments came as the prisons minister, Rory Stewart, backed May to stay on, saying the problem was not her leadership but deep disagreement in the party on delivering Brexit.Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip leave an Easter Sunday church service near her Maidenhead constituency.© PA Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip leave an Easter Sunday church service near her Maidenhead constituency.

“The idea somehow that some new, fresh leader with extraordinary charm and nimble feet would be able to suddenly get the deal across the line is mistaken,” he told the Today programme. “It’s nothing to do with the individual, it is that people disagree deeply over Brexit.”

There are limited expectations of breakthrough from the Brexit talks between government ministers and Labour which are due to resume as parliament returns on Tuesday.

 

 

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