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Theresa May rocked by 'no confidence' letter ahead of crucial conference speech

Theresa May rocked by 'no confidence' letter ahead of crucial conference speech

Indeed Mrs May took great delight in turning Boris Johnson's alleged expletives about the business community on their head, saying Tories should "back business".

In the key, closing message of her address, Mrs May said the government recognised the economic pain ordinary people had been through since the financial crash of a decade ago.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says there is "no limit" to what Britain can achieve at the end of her keynote speech on the final day of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham.

And yet Ms. May has managed to defy the skeptics with a vigorous appeal to the party faithful on Wednesday that has rallied support for her leadership and diffused attacks on her Brexit plan, even though that plan remains widely unpopular and could yet unravel.

Earlier, a survey showed Britain's services sector kept up its steady growth in September but uncertainty about the economy remained high six months ahead of Brexit.

"We will be setting forwards those proposals".

"If we all go off in different directions in pursuit of our own vision of the ideal Brexit, we risk ending up with no Brexit at all", she said in a clear nod to euroskeptic MPs who have published their alternatives plan for leaving the EU.

Mr Johnson yesterday urged Mrs May to "chuck Chequers" in his speech to about 1,500 party members at a fringe event at the conference in Birmingham. This was despite the Tory leader's team meticulously putting together a media plan to keep off the front pages.

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'He wants to tear up our guarantee to the people of Northern Ireland.

Johnson did not call on Tuesday for May to be replaced, saying she should simply change course.

"Some markets are still not working in the interests of ordinary people", she said. The main reason why May is still politically alive and in Downing Street is because her party is entirely consumed by a cruel, vicious civil war over the future of Conservatism and the shape of the post-Brexit settlement, and is thus unable to unite around a successor.

Just six months before Britain leaves on March 29, negotiations with the European Union have ground to a halt and May is caught between Brexiteers like Johnson and those who want to keep close economic ties with the bloc, Britain's biggest trading partner. "It's not taking back control".

"It is no surprise that we have had a range of different views expressed this week", May said.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, she said, would "outsource our conscience to the Kremlin".

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster has suggested that the restored Northern Ireland Assembly would be able to pass an equal marriage law.

On criticism of him from the chancellor: 'I want to congratulate my friend Philip Hammond for predicting that I will never become prime minister - it's the first treasury forecast in a long time, I think, to have a distinct ring of truth'. "I really did. I'm not convinced she's going to be strong enough to walk away [from European Union negotiations], and we'd be happier to walk away than anything else that the European Union are promising us right now". May out as leader, convinced there is no clear alternative and that Mr. Johnson isn't up to the job.