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Theresa May could lead Tories into next election says the Tory MP who led a failed coup against her

Grant Shapps said it was ‘perfectly conceivable’ the PM could win the next election – despite claiming the support of 30 fellow Conservatives to ditch her as leader last year

THERESA May could lead the Tories into the next election according to the Tory MP who led a failed coup against her last year.

Grant Shapps cautioned the Prime Minister against drift on Brexit decision-making - but said it was “perfectly conceivable” she could win the next election.

 Theresa May could lead the Tories into the next election says the Tory MP who led a failed coup against her
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Theresa May could lead the Tories into the next election says the Tory MP who led a failed coup against her

That is despite the fact he claimed he had the support of 30 fellow Conservative MPs to ditch her as leader after he disastrous party conference speech.

Ultimately his rebellion fizzled out, and today he said he now felt increasingly confident in his party’s direction of travel.

Mr Shapps told Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday: "When Theresa May takes a decision people actually go, 'ah, OK, well, I may not agree with all of that but, you know what, the decision's been made, I'm prepared to follow'.

"I think the problem comes when things are allowed to float, drift and decisions aren't made and that's when you tend to get these kind of heated-up moments."

 Grant Shapps said it was 'perfectly conceivable' she could win in 2022
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Grant Shapps said it was 'perfectly conceivable' she could win in 2022

Asked if Mrs May would lead her party into the next general election in 2022, Mr Shapps added: “Six months ago, a year ago, people were saying after that failed election she's only got until next March when we actually leave.

"I don't think many people now are saying she's going to leave in March, because she's got then the negotiation period until the end of 2020, possibly 2021, we learned this week.

"I think it's perfectly conceivable now... that she leads us into the next election and I think potentially even wins that election.

"So I think it is possible, but we do need to have more decisions made, less waiting around for things, get things out in front of Parliament, not impossible, maybe 30% or 40%."

 Ex-PM Gordon Brown said there could be a change in No10 if the Government loses a crunch vote this week
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Ex-PM Gordon Brown said there could be a change in No10 if the Government loses a crunch vote this week

But former Prime Minister Gordon Brown said there could be a change in Downing Street if the Government loses a crunch vote this week on its crucial Brexit legislation.

He predicted the fixed-term parliament arrangement "makes it possible" for the Conservative Party to survive in Government, but warned that the meaningful vote outcome could signal a "point of further crisis" for Theresa May's Government.

Asked what would happen if the Government lost the customs union vote, Mr Brown told BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show: "I think what will happen if the Government loses a vote is that there is potentially the chance of a change of prime minister, but I don't think at that point they will want to give up as a Government, and I think the five-year parliament makes it possible for them to survive."