Theresa May will become the first Conservative leader in the party’s history to face a grassroots vote to oust her after rank and file activists forced an Emergency General Meeting to discuss the party’s leadership.
The Prime Minister is set to be hauled in front of a meeting of 800 constituency chairmen and senior activists in June, who will decide whether to demand her resignation for failing to deliver Brexit.
A total of 70 constituency chairmen have now signed the petition to demand an EGM for a vote on Mrs May’s leadership – passing the 10 per cent threshold of 65 of them.
The news was delivered to Mrs May by the head of the Tories’ voluntary wing, Andrew Sharpe, who saw the PM in person in No10 yesterday afternoon.
The petition reads: “We no longer feel that Mrs May is the right person to continue as Prime Minister to lead us forward in the negotiations.
“We therefore with great reluctance ask that she considers her position and resigns, to allow the Conservative Party to choose another leader, and the Country to move forward and negotiate our exit from the EU.”
Tory bosses must give a minimum of 28 days notice to hold the EGM once a venue for it is found, giving it a likely date of early June.