Tories turn on party chairman Patrick McLoughlin over election losses

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15th July 2017

Conservative MPs are calling for the party’s chairman, Patrick McLoughlin, to step down in the wake of the “terrible” general election result.

Patrick McLoughlin speaking at the Conservative party conference
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Ministers and backbenchers believe Mr McLoughlin should leave his post before the party’s annual conference in October because he was “completely invisible” during the election campaign, which culminated in the party losing its Commons majority.

One MP told The Telegraph that Mr McLoughlin had been ready to step aside following the result but that Theresa May had asked him to stay on before his resignation could be discussed.

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They said: “There is a feeling that heads haven't rolled after the election and Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill's resignations don't count.

“It's been getting worse in the last few weeks because the PM has been acting like it's business as usual but there is a lot of anger behind the scenes that nobody has paid the price for what happened.

“Patrick is well liked but he should have gone already, it really was a terrible campaign.”

A minister said that the party chairman “has got to go”. “This is not about the campaign but about the future of the party,” they added.