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Following days of leaks and 'backbiting', Theresa May calls for responsibility from the cabinet

Thursday, July 20th 2017 - 23:46 UTC
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“There is a need to show strength and unity as a country and that starts around the cabinet table,” the Prime Minister told ministers. “There is a need to show strength and unity as a country and that starts around the cabinet table,” the Prime Minister told ministers.
The move comes after a Daily Telegraph report on Sunday quoted one unnamed minister claiming that Chancellor Philip Hammond was trying to “f... up Brexit”. The move comes after a Daily Telegraph report on Sunday quoted one unnamed minister claiming that Chancellor Philip Hammond was trying to “f... up Brexit”.

Britain's embattled Prime Minister Theresa May has urged senior ministers to come together and keep the details of their meetings private in an effort to halt the leaks emanating from government officials. May made the plea Tuesday after a week in which British media has been awash with stories quoting unnamed cabinet sources as well as constant speculation over her leadership.

 May's position has been under scrutiny ever since she lost her governing majority in last month's disastrous snap election -- an election she called to secure a mandate for negotiations to leave the European Union.

While there has been constant speculation over which members of her cabinet may be jockeying to replace her, the most recent leaks have hinted at infighting between cabinet ministers.

“There is a need to show strength and unity as a country and that starts around the cabinet table,” the Prime Minister told ministers.

May told her cabinet that the recent stories that included details of cabinet meetings were “a case of not taking their responsibilities seriously,” said the Prime Minister's spokesman. The move comes after a Daily Telegraph report on Sunday quoted one unnamed minister claiming that Chancellor Philip Hammond was trying to “f... up Brexit”.

There were also reports that Hammond was reprimanded by May for saying that 'women could even be train drivers' an allegation he vehemently denies. On Sunday, Hammond appeared on UK television and accused cabinet rivals of attempting to undermine his plans for Brexit.

May has grown tired of what she termed “backbiting” and “carping” that have plagued her cabinet over the past week. Speaking at a Conservative Party event on Monday, she told her members of Parliament to prepare for “serious business” after Parliament's recess. She is also reported to have told lawmakers that any mistakes could allow Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to seize power.

May remains in a volatile position, with her government propped up by the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland. The £1 billion (US$1.3 billion) deal that secured the 10 votes of the DUP in the House of Commons has been widely criticized by her opponents.

May is also under pressure abroad, with the second stage of the Brexit talks taking place in Brussels this week.European leaders have been critical of Britain's approach to the negotiations and of May's plans for the three million EU citizens currently living in the UK.

But speaking to ITV on Tuesday, Home Secretary Amber Rudd insisted May enjoyed the full support of her cabinet. “She is respected by the cabinet, she is our Prime Minister, we do have 54 more seats than Labour and we are getting on with the job in hand”

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  • Voice

    She would have been gone in a heartbeat if it wasn't for the fact that no one else wants to be in charge of the disaster called Brexit that we still see being supported on here...by all those head in the sand fools...
    Has any one seen one positive attribute of the Brexiteers vote so far...?
    ...thought not...
    A Government is supposed to do what is best for the Country...that is not happening...

    Jul 21st, 2017 - 11:39 am +1
  • Think

    TWIMC
    At times like these the Nation needs young bright men as JR...
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=q31WY0Aobro

    Jul 21st, 2017 - 03:13 pm 0
  • Kipper

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Jul 23rd, 2017 - 07:57 am 0
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