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The Tory civil war caught fire today as Chancellor Philip Hammond branded Brexiteers 'extremists'.
The Chancellor lashed out as he said the no-confidence vote in Theresa May was an opportunity to 'flush out' hardliners in the party.
Conservative - Beast - Ken - Clarke - Plotters
Meanwhile, Conservative big beast Ken Clarke condemned the 'irresponsible' Eurosceptic plotters trying to mount a coup.
The bitter blue-on-blue action came as Mrs May vowed to fight off the attempt to oust her as leader with 'everything I've got'.
Tory - Rebels - Letters - Contest - Tonight
Tory rebels have secured the 48 letters needed to trigger a contest - which has been dramatically called for tonight.
More than 160 MPs have committed to back her, seemingly putting her on course for victory - although as it is a secret ballot there is no guarantee they are telling the truth.
Tensions - Backbencher - Jacob - Rees-Mogg - Premier
As tensions escalated, senior backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg said the premier's Brexit plan would 'bring down the government if carried forward' and the party 'will not tolerate it'.
'Conservatives must now answer whether they wish to draw ever closer to an election under Mrs May's leadership. In the national interest, she must go,' he said.
Defence - Minister - Tobias - Ellwood - Twitter
But defence minister Tobias Ellwood told him on Twitter: 'You are fuelling blue on blue.
'A disloyal & divisive characteristic disruptive to both Gov & Party- never rewarded by country we seek to represent.
Stall - Way - Part - Team
'Set your stall - and accept gracefully if you don't get your way. You are part of a team.'
Another loyalist, Simon Hoare, jibed at Eurosceptics: 'Were the result to be 52-48 it would be accepted right? Just asking for a friend.'
Deal - Land
He also complained that those who thought a better deal could be negotiated were in 'fantasy land'.
Despite the infighting, Tory MPs roared on Mrs May today as she told Jeremy Corbyn he won't get a general election.
Husband - Philip - Stormy - PMQs - Commons
As husband Philip watched the stormy PMQs from the Commons gallery,...
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