May leadership: 28 letters known; 48 needed for a challenge

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at the European Council to meet with its President Donald Tusk the day before a summit of the European Council on Brexit on November 24 in Brussels. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at the European Council to meet with its President Donald Tusk the day before a summit of the European Council on Brexit on November 24 in Brussels. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

At least two Conservative MPs have publicly said they’ve submitted letters of no confidence in UK PM Theresa May since the government pulled the vote on the Brexit deal on Monday.

That brings the tally of known letters to 28, up from 22 in November when it was last speculated that rebel Tories had reached the threshold of 48 letters that are needed to trigger a party leadership contest.

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On Tuesday, the pound fell to its lowest since April 2017 before paring losses amid conflicting reports on whether the threshold had been breached.

Only one person knew for sure: Graham Brady, the party official who receives the letters and needs to inform the prime minister when her job is indeed on the line.

BBC and ITV report that Brady would be meeting May on Wednesday afternoon.

Here’s our list of letters:

  • Owen Paterson (December 11)
  • Crispin Blunt (December 11)
  • Andrew Lewer Jacob
  • Rees-Mogg
  • Mark Francois
  • John Whittingdale
  • Steve Baker
  • Henry Smith
  • Simon Clarke
  • Anne Marie Morris
  • Lee Rowley
  • Sheryll Murray
  • Martin Vickers
  • Adam Holloway
  • Ben Bradley
  • Maria Caulfield
  • Chris Green
  • Marcus Fysh
  • Zac Goldsmith
  • Bill Cash
  • Nadine Dorries
  • Laurence Robertson
  • Andrew Bridgen
  • Andrea Jenkyns
  • Peter Bone
  • Philip Davies
  • James Duddridge
  • Philip Hollobone

NOTE: These letters can be withdrawn once submitted.

NOTE: The 1922 Committee is formed of rank-and-file conservatives and it has the power to call a no-confidence vote on May’s leadership; it requires a threshold of 48 votes to call a contest

NOTE: Bloomberg News doesn’t have a firm count of number of letters submitted.

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