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Conservative MPs believe Brexit entryists have launched a plot to overthrow Theresa May



Theresa May
Theresa May

  • Pro-EU Conservative MPs have reported a wave of new
    Brexiteer members joining the party.
  • They believe they are being deliberately targeted by
    UKIP activists in an attempt to overthrow both them and Theresa
  • Brexit funder Arron Banks has called for UKIP members
    to flood the Conservative party.
  • May suggests she would fight any any attempt to force
    her out in order to install Boris Johnson as prime

LONDON — Pro-EU Conservative MPs believe the party is being
deliberately infiltrated by UKIP activists as part of a plot to
overthrow Theresa May and install a hardline Brexiteer leader as
UK prime minister.

Conservative MPs Stephen Hammond, Dominic Grieve, Anna Soubry,
Nicky Morgan and Sarah Wollaston have all reported a big influx
of new members in recent weeks, with their local constituency
membership growing by as much as 30%, according to
the Times.

The influx follows a recent call by Brexit-backing financier
Arron Banks for UKIP activists to flood the Conservatives in
order to overthrow ‘extreme Remain’ MPs and replace May with a
more hardline Brexit supporter such as Boris Johnson or Jacob

One Conservative MP called for a freeze on new members in order
to put a halt to the wave of entryists joining the party.

“We are on a membership drive at the same time as the likes of
Banks are urging members of Ukip and other hard Brexiteers to
join our party to topple the leader and destroy government
policy,” Anna Soubry told the paper.

“I’ve called on the party chairman to end the membership drive
until we can be confident we are not being infiltrated by people
who are not Conservatives.”

Banks, who was one of the main funders of the campaign for

week that he was encouraging UKIP activists to target extreme
‘remain’ MPs within the Conservatives.

“The best way to secure Brexit and our country’s future is
via the Conservative Party,” he wrote.

“It is in government and, for now, calls the shots. To that
end I am urging the 90,000 members of my Brexit campaign
Leave.EU, and the 1.4m who follow us on social media, to join the
Conservatives and have a say.”

An application by Banks and his colleague Andy Wigmore to join
the Conservatives was recently rejected by the party.

Asked during a visit to South Africa on Tuesday whether she would
fight a leadership challenge against Johnson, Theresa May replied
that “I’m in this for the long term.”

Conservative supporters of Johnson have called for a change to
party leadership rules which make it difficult for Johnson to get
into the final two in any future leadership challenge.

Johnson remains very popular with members, but is highly divisive
among Conservative MPs. Under party rules, MPs vote on which two
potential candidates should be put before a final vote of
members. Johnson’s supporters want the rules changed to allow
candidates with minority support among MPs to also make it
through to the final ballot.

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