Tories CAN hold a new no confidence vote on Theresa May’s leadership

Tories CAN hold a new no confidence vote on Theresa May’s leadership by changing the rules, say grandees as new poll shows the party LOSING a general election to Jeremy Corbyn Mrs May is safe from no confidence vote until December under current rules The 12-month block has been treated as immovable by some Tory politicians But two former chairs of the 1922 Committee say that the group owns the rulesThey write today that the group is therefore able to change the current provision By Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline Published: 08:12 EDT, 14 April 2019 | Updated: 08:46 EDT, 14 April 2019 Mrs May (pictured arriving at church this morning with her husband Phillip) could face a fresh no confidence vote Tory grandees have said there is nothing to stop the Conservative Party changing its no confidence rules to hold another vote on Theresa May’s leadership. Since the Prime Minister facing down such a vote in December last year, she and her supporters have been safe in the knowledge that another cannot be held for 12 months.But former chairmen of the party’s 1922 Committee Michael Spicer and Archie Hamilton rules ‘are the product of evolution’. They write in today’s Telegraph: ‘Rules are there to serve their organisation. They are not the master. ‘Conservative MPs are responsible for their party. If they wish a change these rules there is nothing standing in their way.’ No confidence votes are only triggered if 15 per cent of Tory MPs request one be held.Lords Spicer and Hamilton write of the 12-month block on a new no confidence vote: ‘This rule has been interpreted as being immovable. ‘It is reported that in order to change this rule the whole Conservative Party Constitution must be opened, a Nation Convention called and even that a petition of 10,000 members is required. This is not the case.’They say that MPs and the 1922 Committee bear the responsibility of choices relating to a sitting Prime Minster.  The 12-month block has been blamed as one reason for the paralysis in the Commons (pictured) as the government deals with Brexit No confidence rules have been cited as an inflexible impediment to change and therefore shoulder some of the blame for the Brexit impasse. Writing that the rules are not designed to protect a Prime Minister in office from their MPs, they say the 1922 Committee has ownership of the rules having drawn them up.The pair say that MPS have the right to change provisions if they believe that current rules impede the proper function of the party. 

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