New British PM is 'hardly a radical thought,' rebel Tory says

New British PM is 'hardly a radical thought,' rebel Tory says”

Theresa May has come under fresh pressure from within her own party to step down as British prime minister as it emerged on Friday that a former Conservative party chairman is leading an attempted coup against her.

She suffered a series of coughing fits through her address, which was also interrupted by a comedian who handed her a P45 - claiming he had been asked to do so by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

May managed to draw laughs by quipping that she was "just about to talk about someone I'd like to give a P45 to and that's Jeremy Corbyn", referring to the Labour Party leader that some pundits expect could be the next prime minister.

"If ever the PM needed a metaphor for service and duty and resolution through adversity, that battling performance was it!"

Shapps said "a growing number" of MPs backed his cause.

It is not known whether Boris Johnson, who has been the subject of fevered leadership speculation amid his perceived disloyalty on Brexit in recent weeks, was one of the ministers who called Mrs May.

Conservative MPs have begun discussing the possibility of an early leadership election in the wake of Theresa May's disastrous conference speech.

She also said that she wanted to help young people get on the housing ladder and pledged an extra 2 billion pounds, or $2.65 billion, toward affordable housing.

Things got worse for May when two letters from a sign with the conference's slogan, "Building a country that works for everyone", fell off while she was speaking.

The speech was created to rehabilitate after her General Election humiliation - losing her Commons majority in a gamble.

Greg Clark, the business secretary, praised the "guts and grace" the prime minister showed during her speech in Manchester.

Ahead of Gove's appearance on the programme, Shapps predicted Gove would "very eloquently tell you why it's all fine and we should push on and it will all be OK and I'm simply saying the history says you can't just carry on".

Grant Shapps, the former Conservative chairman, has emerged as a leader of the plot to oust Theresa May.

She also apologised to activists in Manchester for an election campaign that was "too scripted, too presidential". She didn't provide details about how much such public housing would cost or how many of them would be built.

In her closing speech, May will say it has "never been my style to hide from a challenge" - and remind her ministers of the responsibilities of power.

Cabinet ministers tried to put a courageous face on the performance.

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