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Senior Tory activists are petitioning for an emergency general meeting of party bosses in a new bid to force out Theresa May as leader, it emerged today.
An emergency meeting will be called if 65 Conservative Association chairmen sign a petition demanding one. Between 40 and 50 are thought to have done so.
Petition - Mrs - May - Brexit - Twice
The petition blames Mrs May for Brexit being delayed twice and says she is the wrong person to lead the negotiations with the EU onward.
Even if 65 chairmen sign the letter it will take at least 28 days for the emergency meeting to be called - and no confidence vote would not be enough to force Mrs May out, though defeat would be a fresh humiliation for the PM.
Emergency - Meeting - Party - Rules - Mrs
An emergency meeting could also seek to change party rules to dislodge Mrs May but this would take even longer.
Mrs May is protected under party rules from a fresh challenge by her MPs until at least December after Brexiteers tried and failed to remove her last year.
Stalemate - Rivals - Leader - PM - Westminster
Despite the stalemate, rivals to replace her as Tory leader and PM are campaigning in Westminster while she is on holiday in north Wales.
Dinah Glover, the East of London area chairman who has organised the petition, said a meeting could be held as soon as next month.
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Ms Glover told The Daily Telegraph: 'There is a lot of frustration...
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