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Theresa May to carry on with 'calm leadership' amid Grant Schapps oust plot

Theresa May has said she will carry on providing "calm leadership" at the head of the Government following the disclosure that some Tory MPs are urging her to stand down.

Speaking in her Maidenhead constituency, the Prime Minister said she had the "full support" of the Cabinet.

She told reporters: "Now what the country needs is calm leadership, and that's what I am providing with the full support of my Cabinet."

Her comments come as former Conservative party chairman and Hertfordshire MP Grant Shapps was named as the leader of a group of around 30 Tory MPs planning to send a delegation to Mrs May to tell her she must go.

He has accused the party whips of deliberately leaking his name to the newspaper in an attempt to "smoke out" the rebels.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain he said the plan had been to approach Mrs May in private with a list of names to "save that embarrassment" of a formal leadership challenge.

Under party rules, 48 MPs would need to write to the party's backbench 1922 Committee expressing no confidence in Mrs May in order to trigger a leadership contest.

Those loyal to the Prime Minister said it was clear the rebels lacked the number of MPs they needed to force a contest.

Mr Shapps said he was yet to write to the committee himself but would now take the formal steps.

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