TORY backstabbers were emerging from the woodwork yesterday after Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to lead her party into the next general election.
Former cabinet minister Nicky Morgan poked her head above the parapet to remark that it would be “difficult” for Ms May to lead another election campaign — due in 2022, if the government can survive.
And former party chairman Grant Shapps said it was “too early” for Ms May to talk about going “on and on” like Margaret Thatcher.
But he said: “I don’t think there’s an appetite for leadership elections right at this moment.”
Mr Shapps said the PM should be judged on her performance in the Brexit negotiations but it was “probably the case” that nobody wanted her to face Jeremy Corbyn at the ballot box again.
But Ms May received “undivided” support from her clown-at-large Boris Johnson. The Foreign Secretary said he was “here to support her.”
And 19th-century throwback Jacob Rees-Mogg, also tipped to supplant Ms May, also said it was “right for her to continue.”
The Prime Minister made her leadership pledge during a TV interview while visiting Japan.
She said: “I’m in this for the long term. There’s a real job to be done in the United Kingdom. It’s about getting the Brexit deal right, it’s about building that deep and special partnership with the European Union, but it’s also about building global Britain, trading around the world.”
After the disastrous June election that saw Ms May lose the Tory majority, the humbled premier told backbenchers she would continue to serve as long as the Tory Party wanted her to.