Brexit: Tory MP submits letter of no confidence in PM
Tory MP Philip Davies yesterday handed in a letter of no confidence in leader Theresa May to the chair of his party's 1922 Committee.
"Politics is all about trust and once it is lost it is impossible to win back," Mr Davies wrote.
"Many people have told me that as a result of this they have lost trust in the PM to properly and fully deliver the referendum result. It is with much sadness that I have to say that have also lost trust in her to deliver the referendum result too."
The 1922 Committee, currently chaired by Graham Brady MP, has the power to trigger a no confidence vote in the party leader in the event that it receives such letters from 15% of MPs (48).
However, to prevent disgruntled members conspiring against their boss in cloak-and-dagger fashion, the process is a blind one, with only the committee's chairman knowing for sure how many letters have been submitted at any one time.
Even if it was to receive 48 letters, the Prime Minister might still survive a no confidence vote and see off the looming threat of a leadership challenge. If she did, she would be rewarded with a year's immunity from the process. But if she were to lose, she would be obliged to step down and allow for the election of a replacement, once again plunging Westminster into chaos.