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If Tories Want May Gone, Here’s How to Do It

  • Power resides with 1922 Committee of so-called backbenchers
  • 48 signatures to trigger a Tory leadership contest in U.K.
Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London.

Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London.

Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Margaret Thatcher was at a summit in Paris when the tide turned. Once-loyal Cabinet members had betrayed her and within hours it became clear the Iron Lady had lost control of her Conservative Party.

It was a classic when-the-cat’s-away example of how Tories can dispose of their leaders. There’s a lesson in it for Theresa May, who lands in China as her rank-and-file lawmakers meet to privately vent frustration at her leadership.