May: Tory squabbling could let Corbyn into Number 10

Asserting her authority: Theresa May

Asserting her authority: Theresa May

Theresa May will today warn warring Cabinet ministers that they risk letting Jeremy Corbyn into No 10 unless they stop their toxic briefings against each other.

The Prime Minister will try to assert her authority by saying that a string of damaging leaks and vicious briefings are undermining public confidence in the Government.

And she will say a Tory civil war could result in another election that might allow Labour to seize power.

Last night, Mrs May pointedly thanked backbench MPs for their loyalty in the wake of the general election, when senior Cabinet figures have been manoeuvring for her job.

And at a summer drinks reception in Parliament, she told Tory MPs she wanted ‘no backbiting, no carping’.

She added: ‘The choice is me or Jeremy Corbyn – and nobody wants him. Go away, have a proper summer break and come back ready for serious business.’

Mrs May’s intervention follows days of toxic briefings about last week’s Cabinet meeting. A series of leaks have apparently been designed to damage Chancellor Philip Hammond. He believes pro-Brexit ministers are targeting him because of his bid to prioritise the economy over immigration during the negotiations.

One unnamed Cabinet minister claimed the Chancellor was trying to ‘f*** up Brexit’. Others criticised him privately for saying that public sector workers are ‘overpaid’.

Smears have also been spread about Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. And yesterday a former aide to Environment Secretary Michael Gove attacked Brexit Secretary David Davis, describing him as ‘thick as mince’, and claiming he was gearing up for a betrayal on Brexit.

A government source said: ‘The PM has been pretty unimpressed by what we have seen in the last few days. With a narrow majority the need to work as a team is more important than ever.

‘Briefings about what happened at Cabinet are extremely unhelpful. We need to get on with the job and turn our fire on the opposition and the damage that Jeremy Corbyn would do to our country if he ever got his hands on the levers of power.’

Theresa May will today warn warring Cabinet ministers that they risk letting Jeremy Corbyn into No 10

Theresa May will today warn warring Cabinet ministers that they risk letting Jeremy Corbyn into No 10

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman added: ‘Cabinet must be able to

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