13 June 2017

Theresa May survives meeting of 1922 Committee of Tory MPs

Theresa May has survived – at least for now. On Sunday George Osborne said that “we could easily get to the middle of next week and it all collapses for her”. But from the moment we heard the reasonably hearty desk-banging as May arrived (see 5.07pm) it was clear that she was not facing an execution squad and, despite squandering a huge lead with the most inept campaign anyone can remember, it seems her MPs are willing to let her carry on in the short to medium term. Her performance seems to have made a good impression, although the broader political problems created for her by Thursday’s election result remain severe, and probably, in the long run, career-terminating. James Sparrow 

The Conservative Private Members' Committee (known informally as the 1922 Committee) is the parliamentary group of the Conservative Party in the UK House of Commons. The committee, consisting of all Conservative backbencher MPs, meets weekly while the parliament is in session and provides a way for backbenchers to co-ordinate and discuss their views based on their constituents' and their personal views independently of frontbenchers. Its executive membership and officers are by consensus limited to backbench MPs only, although since 2010 frontbench Conservative MPs have an open invitation to attend meetings.[n 1] The committee can also play an important role in choosing the party leader (and thus Prime Minister when the Conservatives are in government). The group was formed in 1923 but first became important after 1940. It is generally closely related to the leadership and under the control of party whips.