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How May could win a confidence vote—but still lose control of her party

If the numbers were published in a close-run contest, Theresa May could be forced to resign—even if she won a majority of her MPs' support

By Tom Clark  

Prime Minister Theresa May updates MPs in the House of Commons, London on the Chequers Brexit plan.

Theresa May’s government may be crumbling, but unless she resigns, nobody can directly challenge her.

The only way to trigger a Conservative leadership election is by a majority of Conservative MPs voting no-confidence in her—hence all the excited chatter about whether a vote will be triggered.

Why so cautious?

The Tories were scarred by the damaging way in which Margaret Thatcher went—she was wounded by Michael Heseltine in 1990, but not (immediately) fatally. Instead, she was left…

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