Tory grandee urges party to dump Theresa May or allow UK to be 'destroyed by neo-Marxists'
Theresa May must be removed or the Conservative party and the country will be “destroyed by the neo-Marxists,” a Tory grandee has warned.
Conservative peer Lord Tebbit called on his colleagues in the Commons to install a “genuine Conservative” in Number 10 as fears grow that Brexit could be stopped.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, the former Cabinet minister and party chair vented his anger at the “betrayal” by the Prime Minister during the Brexit process and hinted he could switch to back a different party in the European elections.
Lord Tebbit said: “At the time of the last European elections I let it be known that I understood very well those who supported Ukip and was tempted to do so myself. In the end, however, I voted Conservative.
“Now as I look at the conduct of the Prime Minister I will find it very hard to do that again."
The former party chairman added: “Now from my place in the Lords, I can only urge all my Conservatives in the Commons to act to save our party and the country from the growing dangers of a failure to honour their pledges to deliver Brexit without strings.
“The prerequisite for that is the removal of Mrs May from Number 10 to make way for a genuine Conservative.
“That must be done very soon or first the Conservative Party and then this Kingdom will be destroyed by the neo Marxists.”
His demand comes amid growing calls from backbench MPs for the Prime Minister to quit her job.
A failed bid to oust her in a vote of confidence in December should have kept the Prime Minister out of the firing line for another year, but officials have advised the rules could be re-written to allow MPs another chance.
Responding to advice put forward by former 1922 committee chiefs in the Sunday Telegraph, Sir Graham Brady, the current chairman said: “It is my understanding that the rules could in future be changed by the agreement of the 1922 executive.”
He added, however, that it was “less certain" the rules could be changed during the current period of grace secured by Mrs May after she won the vote on 12 December.