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May pledges 'calm leadership' after MPs' plot

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Prime Minister Theresa May arriving for a Macmillan Cancer charity event in Reading © PA Prime Minister Theresa May arriving for a Macmillan Cancer charity event in Reading

Theresa May has responded to claims of a plot involving Tory MPs to oust her from Number 10, saying she is providing "calm leadership" with the "full support" of her cabinet.

Speaking in her Maidenhead constituency, the Prime Minister told reporters she had "had a cold all week".

But she insisted all ministers backed her to remain in the top job.

She added that MPs would get an update on her Florence speech next week and that the energy cap policy announced in Manchester would begin its progress through Parliament.

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Mrs May's comments follow former party chairman Grant Shapps' claim that he and 30 other MPs - including "one or two cabinet ministers" - had agreed to call on her to resign.

The Welwyn MP said on Friday his party "must look for a new leader".

It followed an intervention from former minister Ed Vaizey, who revealed he was finding it "increasingly difficult" to see a way forward with Mrs May at the helm.

But two serving cabinet ministers have come out to defend Mrs May.

Environment secretary Michael Gove said ousting her would be a betrayal of everyone who voted Conservative in the general election or backed Leave in the EU referendum.

While home secretary Amber Rudd insisted the PM "should stay" despite the "presentation fails" in her problem-plagued conference speech.

Many backbench MPs are also furious at Mr Shapps, Michael Fabricant tweeting minutes after his interview:

Nadine Dorries also told Sky News: "If Grant Shapps has 30 names then Diane Abbott is doing the counting."

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