Theresa May, now is your moment to move against the hardliners


In the wake of Davis’s resignation a show of strength is needed

By Peter Kellner  

Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/PA Images

“Voters don’t like divided parties.” We can confidently expect that point to ricochet round parliament and the media following David Davis’s resignation. It is often true: Conservative divisions on Europe brought down Margaret Thatcher in 1990 and almost brought down John Major three years later. But past party leaders have sometimes overcome party divisions and even flourished. If Theresa May is to survive as anything more than a wounded, cornered prime minister, she needs to learn from them.

On 6thJanuary, 1958, all three…

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