How would a Tory leadership challenge to Theresa May work?
Just two years after the last Conservative leadership election, attention is once again focused on how Tory MPs might depose Theresa May as leader.
The key figure in this process is Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench Conservative MPs.
He must act once he has received letters expressing no confidence in Mrs May’s leadership of the Conservative party by 15 per cent of the Tory party – 48 MPs.
Once he received letters from more than 48 MPs he has a duty to order a vote of no confidence in Mrs May. Only the party’s 310 MPs can vote.
Mrs May survives if she wins a simple majority of her MPs. If this happens then a no confidence vote can’t be triggered for another 12 months….