No Appetite to Challenge May Now, Tory Lawmakers' Spokesman Says

  • Graham Brady would organize any Tory leadership election
  • Tory lawmaker Heidi Allen says she can’t see May staying on

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There’s no enthusiasm among Conservative Party lawmakers for a challenge to Prime Minister Theresa May’s leadership after the Tory losses in Thursday’s U.K. general election, the official who speaks for them said.

Graham Brady, who as chairman of the so-called 1922 Committee would organize any leadership contest, also said Friday he had been told Tory lawmakers don’t want another general election.

“What I’m hearing mostly from colleagues is there’s no appetite for plunging the country and government into a period of turmoil,” Brady told BBC Television. “We do want to provide some continuity to prove we can make this work.”

With one result still to be declared, May’s Tories have taken 318 out of 650 seats in the House of Commons, 12 fewer than before she called the election. She said Friday in a speech outside her Downing Street residence she’ll rely on the support of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party for a parliamentary majority to ensure she can continue in government.

One Tory lawmaker, Heidi Allen, criticized the premier for failing to recognize in her speech that she had lost her bid to win the “unassailable majority” she was seeking to back her Brexit negotiating stance.

It was “not the speech that I needed to hear,” Allen told LBC Radio. “I don’t believe personally that Theresa May will stay as our prime minister indefinitely.”

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