By Joel Adams For Mailonline
Published: 15:55 BST, 26 May 2019 | Updated: 15:55 BST, 26 May 2019
Labour will seek to force a vote of no confidence in Theresa May's successor as soon as he or she takes office, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has warned.
Speaking as the race to be next Tory leader - and Prime Minister of the minority Conservative government - got underway, the shadow chancellor said the newcomer would face 'moral pressure' to call an election.
Asked on BBC Radio 4's Today programme if Labour would call a no-confidence motion in the next Tory leader, the shadow chancellor said: 'Yes, because we believe any incoming prime minister in these circumstance should go to the country anyway and seek a mandate.'
The Labour shadow chancellor, photographed this week in Westminster, has said his party will try to force an immediate no confidence motion in Mrs May's successor
A poll two weeks ago gave Labour a seven-point lead over the Conservatives who languished in third place behind the new Brexit Party formed by Nigel Farage.
David Cameron secured a surprise narrow majority for the Tories against Ed Miliband in 2015, but when she tried to improve on that position in 2017 Mrs May lost her majority as Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party made gains.