New British PM is 'hardly a radical thought,' rebel Tory says

39;Boris asked me to give you this', stage invader hands May P45

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The possibility that her departure could usher in a Brexit hardliner is worrying to businesses and investors who want a longer, smoother transition than the one advocated by a popular anti-EU wing of the party.

Shapps told the "Today" programme on BBC Radio 4 that the Conservative's often chaotic conference meant that "some colleagues feel it would be better to have that leadership election sooner or rather later".

A Conservative leadership election will only be called if May resigns or if 50 Tory MPs write to request one.

But the former party chairman, Grant Shapps, said May should call a leadership contest.

The Sun, Britain's most popular newspaper, said a bid to topple May had been brewing since her speech on Wednesday at the annual Conservative Party conference but rebel lawmakers had not yet gathered the numbers to oust her.

Instead, May was first interrupted by prankster Simon Brodkin, also known as Lee Nelson, who handed her a P45 - a form given to those who have been laid off in Britain.

The Conservative leader used her speech to shoulder the blame for the election, and received several ovations from the audience.

The former cabinet minister and chairman of the Conservative party said he had meant to keep his plot to topple the prime minister secret but May's aides leaked his name to The Times, forcing him into the open.




The stakes were high for the Prime Minister to cheer up her party and show she had understood the lessons of the election, as she took to the stage for her main address. Cabinet Supportive? May has received public backing from members of her Cabinet, including Boris Johnson, the troublesome foreign secretary who had been criticized for undermining her leadership with his own rival Brexit agenda.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister confirmed there will be a "thorough investigation into what's happened [with regards to security], and that despite the clear issues with her delivery, the Prime Minister is in good health and was pleased with the way the speech went".

"What the country needs is calm leadership, and that's what I am providing with the full support of my Cabinet", May declared Friday.

They said the "image of her leaving Downing Street with tears in her eyes" would have a profound effect on the party.

But she is under growing pressure over negotiations in Brussels, while the increasing popularity of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn poses a threat.

One senior Conservative said May must show "personality, vision and confidence" in her speech and offer "delegates hungry for ideas" something new.

A Scottish minister, Humza Yousaf said that people feeling sorry for a politician is the worst possible position for a politician, let alone a Prime Minister.

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