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Theresa May ‘seeks advice from David Cameron’ after Cabinet descends into civil war

Theresa May ‘seeks advice from David Cameron’ after Cabinet descends into civil war

Agnes Chambre

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Theresa May has sought out her advice from David Cameron after her Cabinet descended into a briefing war over the weekend.


Mr Cameron was seen entering Downing St. and a private meeting between the pair was confirmed by officials, although it was claimed the get-together was organised before Sunday.

The civil war between Tory leadership contenders broke out after five ministers told the Sunday Times he had told last week's Cabinet meeting that public sector workers are "overpaid".

A separate story in The Sun claimed Mr Hammond told the same meeting that modern trains are so easy to drive that "even women can do it".

Last night Mrs May warned her MPs to stop "backbiting" or risk helping Jeremy Corbyn into Downing St.

Yesterday, Mrs May was told she has the support of her backbenchers to fire her warring Cabinet colleagues.

She reportedly received a message from the backbench 1922 committee saying she has their support to remain in place to deliver Brexit in early 2019.

One senior Conservative told the paper: “The PM has the strong support of Tory MPs — she can enforce cabinet discipline however she thinks is appropriate...We will be cheering her on.”

The meeting with Mr Cameron and Mrs May comes after the former prime minister told Mrs May she needs to offer a “more inspiring vision” in order to win back voters from the Labour party.

In his first newspaper interview since polling day, he warned his successor at No 10 that she had to continue modernising the party or risk it becoming out of touch with the country.

At an event for the backbench 1922 Committee last night, Mrs May told MPs "no backbiting, no carping".

She told colleagues that "the choice is me or Jeremy Corbyn" and "nobody wants that" - a reference to the possibility of the Labour leader entering 10 Downing St.

And she urged her troops to take a "proper break" over the summer and "come back ready for serious business".

 

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