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How Tory MPs could force out May as leader

By Aubrey Allegretti, political reporter, and David Mercer, news reporter
Leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg is among 20 Conservative MP who are known to have submitted a letter of no confidence in Theresa May.
The Tory MP said it was "in the interest of the party and the country if she were to stand aside", but later insisted he was not staging a "coup" against the prime minister.Several other Conservative MPs - including Henry Smith, Simon Clarke, Laurence Robertson and Anne Marie Morris - also confirmed they had submitted their own letters amid growing discontent over the PM's Brexit plan.Mrs May has previously insisted she will lead the Conservatives into the next general election and her spokesman insists she will fight any vote of confidence against her.But as Tory MPs continue to ramp up the pressure on Mrs May amid a string of government resignations, how likely is the threat of a leadership election and what do they need to do to force a challenge?:: The magic numbers - 1922 and 48
How Tory MPs could force out May as leader

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Theresa May has insisted she will lead the Conservatives into the next general election
Mrs May's fate hangs in the balance of the 1922 committee - the parliamentary group of Conservative MPs.To trigger a vote of no confidence, its chair has to receive letters from 15% of them - 48 at present - formally calling on the leader to stand down.The process is completely blind, so only the current chairman Sir Graham Brady knows how many letters have been submitted and by whom.
How Tory MPs could force out May as leader

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For a leadership election to take place, 15% of Conservative MPs will have to submit letters to the 1922 committee
How Tory MPs could force out May as leader

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Each leadership candidate would need the backing of two MPs
Several MPs publicly announced they had put in letters as part of a bid to unseat Mrs May in July, following the resignations of Boris Johnson and former Brexit secretary David Davis.They remain on file, unless withdrawn.When 48 letters are submitted, it triggers a confidence vote.
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