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Aylesbury's MP '100% behind' PM after weekend of speculation

David Lidington

Published by Dan Gooding at 11:09am 25th March 2019.

Aylesbury MP David Lidington says he has 'no time for plotting', after speculation he could be the next Prime Minister.

Mr. Lidington has been at the centre of rumours that Theresa May could resign and he would take over in a temporary capacity.

In his current Cabinet role, Aylesbury's MP is effectively the PM's deputy.

Over the weekend, there was talk of plots to oust Mrs May and replace her, either with Mr. Lidington or Michael Gove, after all the issues surrounding her Brexit deal.

Standing outside his home in Princes Risborough yesterday morning, David told reporters he didn't believe in rumours.

Here's a clip from The Guardian, as our MP addressed speculation yesterday:

He said:

"You'll have to talk to other people, not to me, about rumours or plots, I'm afraid.

"I'm not attracted by plotting, I don't have time for plotting.

"I've been working on papers this weekend about how to support the deal, how to present the arguments to get it through parliament and how to carry on the preparations for an orderly departure from the European Union."

Mr. Lidington said every member of the Cabinet was behind the PM's deal, despite speculation of coups, adding he had learned to take rumours in the papers 'with a pinch of salt over the years'. 

What's happening now?

  • Another vote could happen on the current deal this week in the House of Commons
  • There will be a vote today on whether that will happen
  • If MPs don't endorse the deal, the departure date would be 12th April and there would be no deal
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