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The law of the letters: what the Tories’ arcane “no confidence” system actually means for May

Rumours abound that a leadership challenge may be forthcoming. But the system that would be required to depose Theresa May could be strengthening her position

By Mark Wallace  

Chairman of the 1922 Committee Graham Brady makes a statement to reporters in Westminster. Photo: PA

As befits the most senior Conservative backbencher, Sir Graham Brady has a nice office. It’s a corner room, high up in Portcullis House, which affords its occupant rather more space than some of his colleagues and a wonderful view. Somewhere within that room sits a stack of extremely important letters.

In his capacity as Chairman of the 1922 Committee, the representative body of backbench Tory MPs, guarding those letters is Brady’s most…

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