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Posted October 11, 2017

United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May, following leadership challenges from an audience heckler as well as members of her party, is preparing to shake up her cabinet, according to an interview with the Sunday Times (paywall).

LONDON - Prime Minister Theresa May is under pressure from leading Brexiteers to sack Chancellor Philip Hammond, as Conservative party infighting over Brexit continues.

"The country has had enough of the self-absorbed and, frankly, disloyal behaviour we have witnessed over recent weeks", he wrote, calling for the party to unite and for the government to "win back hearts and minds" or risk the prospect of "neo-Marxist" Corbyn taking the keys to Number 10.

However, a spokesman for the Prime Minister clarified on Monday that May has full confidence in Johnson, a media report states. She is tipped to give an update at 3:30pm local time saying, "I believe we can prove the doomsayers wrong".

On Friday, Tory backbencher Grant Shapps toured the TV studios with a list of thirty MPs names who were willing to trigger a leadership challenge, significantly short of the 48 required. I do not know if they are really my friends and allies or if they represent some sinister band of imposters.

One of Mr Johnson's allies, MP for Braintree James Cleverly, had earlier taken to Whatsapp to tell colleagues that attempts to unseat Mrs May was "political masturbation".

"I heartily disagree with the sense, tone and spirit of what they are quoted as saying".

She said: "I think Philip Hammond has been deliberately trying to make the Brexit negotiations hard, stall them, obfuscate the issues. She should create the opportunity for the party to choose not just a different singer, but a different song".

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Other "allies" said that there was now a "stench of death" emanating from Downing Street.

However, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson told ITV's Peston on Sunday that the prime minister should "absolutely not" remove the chancellor from his position.

One ally of Boris claimed sacking the Foreign Secretary would go down "like a bucket of cold sick" with voters.

Asked what she might do with him, Mrs May told the Sunday Times: 'It has never been my style to hide from a challenge and I'm not going to start now'.

Asked if Mrs May would lead the Tory party into the next general election, she said: "Well she'd have my support if she did, because I supported her in the leadership, I support her now and I'll support her in the future".

Removing May now would throw Brexit negotiations into disarray.

Former justice minister and fellow Brexiteer Michael Gove also urged Leavers to rally behind May, tweeting: "Strong statement from PM on Brexit - let's be pragmatic over implementation to secure maximum freedom to diverge from European Union in end state".

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