Gone by Christmas? Theresa May returns to kick off Brexit – ‘but she’s not here to stay’

After her losing her Commons majority as her General Election gamble failed to pay off, Mrs May has faced calls to resign from within her own party and her position as Prime Minister looks increasingly under threat.

Amid fears a Tory leadership contest could result in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister, Mrs May will stay on as leader in order to ensure that Brexit talks begin on schedule.

However, after the General Election disaster left her reputation in tatters, the Sun reports Mrs May is set to be ousted by Christmas as the Tories look for a new leader to guide them through Britain’s complicated exit from the EU.

A number of high profile Tories have withdrawn their support for Mrs May in the wake of the shock election result, which saw Labour win an additional 30 seats while the Scottish Conservatives snatched a dozen seats as the SNP suffered a miserable night at the polls.

Anna Soubry, who was re-elected to her Broxtowe constituency on Thursday, said the Prime Minister needs to “consider her position”.

A visibly angry Ms Soubry said she did not know where to begin when speaking to David Dimbleby about the Tories “dreadful” election results.

As she attacked the Conservatives campaign, Ms Soubry blamed the Prime Minister’s u-turn on social care for “deeply flawing” her Tory leadership.

She said: “It did not make her look like the strong and stable Prime Minister she had said that she said she was.

“That was a difficult and very serious blow I think in terms of her own credibility.”

Meanwhile Heidi Allen, who was returned as the Tory MP for South Cambridgeshire, told LBC: “If this was any other election in any other time in our history you could say yes the Prime Minister needs to stand down but this is different of course because we are about to start negotiating Brexit so that puts an entirely different complexion on matters.

“We do need a Prime Minister at this moment. I don’t believe personally that Theresa May will stay as our Prime Minister indefinitely.

“It may well be just a period of transition. We do need to get some stability but I just don’t know how that is going to pan out in the next week or two.”

After the election results were declared, Tory activists demanded an “internal revolution” to give grass roots members more power – starting with a leadership election which could see rivals stand to replace the Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson, David Davis and Amber Rudd – all of whom have retained their Cabinet positions – have been tipped as possible contenders to become the party’s next leader.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson appears to be the favourite, with bookies slashing the odds of the former London Mayor replacing Mrs May.

Labour finished just two per cent behind the Tories in the popular vote share – winning 12,858,652 votes, or 40 per cent, versus the Tories’ 13,650,900 votes, or 42.4 per cent.

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