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Delyth Miles in Sunday Times November 18

18 Nov 2018

Delyth Miles, membership and liaison secretary for Grassroots Conservatives and former chairwoman of Clacton Conservative Association, said the feedback they had received on May’s deal and her leadership was almost unanimously negative.

“From the hundreds of emails we have received the membership is totally opposed to the deal and sees it as a complete betrayal and 99% of those who are in touch with us want to see the prime minister gone,” she said.

“You can only be loyal to someone who is loyal to the cause and she is not. She has been duplicitous and is selling us all down the river and she has got to go.

“So I hope MPs will listen to our members over the weekend and will go back to parliament and put in a letter of no confidence.”

The full report is here

‘Duplicitous May has sold us down the river. She must go’

Caroline Wheeler, Deputy Political Editor

November 18 2018, 12:01am, The Sunday Times

The scale of the grassroots backlash against Theresa May’s Brexit deal is revealed today as the new Brexit secretary’s own constituency chief calls on the prime minister to resign.

Jan French, chairwoman of Stephen Barclay’s North East Cambridgeshire Conservative Association, said that the leave-supporting MP was the “right man for the job” of Brexit secretary — but had reservations about whether the deal announced last week was right for the country.

“Personally I think it’s time for her to go,” she said of May.

“I accept she had a tough job to do once David Cameron threw his toys out of the pram and quit. But I now believe it is time she stepped aside.”

French is hoping Barclay, whose appointment came after Michael Gove, the environment secretary, and Geoffrey Cox, the MP for Torridge and West Devon, reportedly turned down the post, can still extract a better deal.

“Like me he has always been a leaver and I’m pleased to see him get the job, even if no one else wanted it,” she told the Cambs Times.

“What I am now hoping, like others, is that he delivers a better deal in what will be a tough but important job.”

Samantha Hoy, a Tory district and county councillor and leader of Wisbech town council, added: “I am unhappy with Theresa May’s Brexit plan as I don’t believe it delivers a true Brexit.

“The nation voted to leave and I feel that no deal is better than this bad deal.

“However, I know Steve Barclay is a committed Brexiteer and I have always found him to be an honourable man and a committed MP, so I hope he uses this role to push for change and a proper Brexit.”

According to a poll by ConservativeHome published yesterday, 72% of party members are opposed to May’s draft deal, compared with 23% in favour of it. Last month 68% of respondents surveyed said they wanted a “Canada Plus Plus Plus-type Brexit” that would allow free trade deals across the world, or else no deal at all.

Paul Goodman, editor of ConservativeHome, says the findings suggested that the majority of Tory members wanted a hardish or clean Brexit and saw May’s draft deal as falling short.

On Friday May conducted a conference call with Tory association heads as she tried to build support for her Brexit deal and to gauge the mood within the party.

Those who took to Twitter after her call appeared unimpressed. Paulette Furse, chairwoman of the former defence secretary Michael Fallon’s Sevenoaks Conservative Association, said she was cut off just after submitting her question to the prime minister. She added: “Maybe she couldn’t give me [an] answer on why she’s not prepared to leave [the] EU without a deal in the eventuality of the bill not getting votes in the Commons.”

In a separate tweet, Furse added: “MPs must vote against this horrendous deal! It is obvious to me that the EU wishes to break up our United Kingdom before this fate reaches them. We have no choice but to leave with no deal and look to trade on WTO [World Trade Organisation] rules!”

Delyth Miles, membership and liaison secretary for Grassroots Conservatives and former chairwoman of Clacton Conservative Association, said the feedback they had received on May’s deal and her leadership was almost unanimously negative.

“From the hundreds of emails we have received the membership is totally opposed to the deal and sees it as a complete betrayal and 99% of those who are in touch with us want to see the prime minister gone,” she said.

“You can only be loyal to someone who is loyal to the cause and she is not. She has been duplicitous and is selling us all down the river and she has got to go.

“So I hope MPs will listen to our members over the weekend and will go back to parliament and put in a letter of no confidence.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/duplicitous-may-has-sold-us-down-the-river-she-must-go-sddrx05fj

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