George Osborne: Theresa May is a 'dead woman walking'

As the Tories went into meltdown after the election disaster, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said he and senior colleagues had bluntly informed Mrs May that she must take a "different approach" to cling on.

With pressure growing on May, on Saturday night, foreign secretary Boris Johnson described reports in the Mail on Sunday he was planning to oust May as "tripe".

An ally of Mr Johnson told the newspaper: "We are facing a populist and they have realised we need someone who can talk to the people".

Osborne in an article for the London paper has launched a scathing attack on embattled Prime Minister Theresa May saying she is a "Dead woman walking" and has handed all executive power to her cabinet.

"I think it's fairly clear Theresa May can not lead us into another election - of course, we don't know when that's going to happen, and I don't think we should rush that", she told ITV's Peston on Sunday.

Former Education Secretary Ms Morgan also predicted there could be a leadership challenge over the summer.

Asked on Marr if there will be another general election this year, Mr Corbyn said: I think it's quite possible there'll be an election later this year or early next year, and that might be a good thing because we can not go on with a period of great instability.

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show, Mr Osborne said: "Theresa May is a dead woman walking. I think we will know very shortly, in that we could easily get to the middle of next week and it all collapses for her", said Osborne.

'She said I needed to get to know my party better.

Tory grandee Lord Heseltine said a proposed deal with the Democratic Unionist Party was "entirely unstable" and said Mrs May would never lead his party into another General Election.

Whilst Emily Thornbury the shadow cabinet member said that May is "squatting in Downing Street".

He said her days in Downing Street were numbered and wondered why she is sitting tight in office when she had lost her popularity.

Mr Brady said he did not believe there was any mood among Conservative MPs for a leadership contest that would create fresh instability.

The strength of any deal looks set to be tested when the Commons meets, with Jeremy Corbyn vowing to try to bring down the Government by defeating Mrs May in Parliament and insisting: "I can still be prime minister".

  • Zachary Reyes