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

The festival would highlight British talent

The festival would highlight British talent

But in her keynote speech in Birmingham, she will focus on her hopes for a brighter future after Brexit.

Condemning it as a "constitutional outrage, he had adoring supporters cheering wildly when he said: "Now is the time to chuck Chequers".

While many party members adore Mr. Johnson's witty speeches and his stand on Brexit, others find him too unpredictable to be Prime Minister.

Johnson, the figurehead for the campaign to leave the European Union and the bookmakers' favourite to replace May, has become the loudest critic, warning Conservatives that if they supported Chequers they could be signing up to the party's electoral death.

'We will give credence to those who cry betrayal, and I am afraid we will make it more likely that the ultimate beneficiary of the Chequers deal will be the far-right in the form of Ukip, and therefore the far-left in the form of Jeremy Corbyn'.

'We must show everyone in this country that we are that party.

Mixing breezy jokes with biting one-liners that always stopped short of attacking May herself, the former foreign minister called her strategy "dangerous and unstable".

Satirist Kaya Marr holds a painting mocking MP Boris Johnson outside the conference in Birmingham on Tuesday.

When asked before the fringe event how she had been getting on with Mr Johnson, the prime minister laughed and told BBC One's Breakfast: "Well, I'm sure that's going to be a very lively event".

English Premier League Report: Chelsea v Liverpool 29 September 2018
But I saw a really good performance from my side in a hard game after we'd lost on Wednesday against them. But as long as we create chances like we did tonight, we will win football games".

"Now is a time for a credible and serious plan, and credible and serious leadership". This is not what we voted for.

Ian Livermore, 65, from south Gloucestershire said the speech was "superb" and showed why Johnson should be leader.

In his letter to Sir Graham Brady the chairman of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee, Mr Duddridge - who served as a whip and junior minister under David Cameron - said the Conservatives need "a strong leader, someone who believes in Brexit and someone to deliver what the electorate voted for".

"Am I disappointed [that he didn't declare]?"

Brexit negotiations are at a "really critical point" and people should support the prime minister, he said. "No, because I think we probably can't have the self-indulgence of a leadership challenge".

Mr Johnson said that Mrs May's blueprint - which ties Britain to a common rulebook with the European Union for trade in goods - would be "politically humiliating for a £2 trillion economy" and would prevent the United Kingdom from making its own laws and subject it to the directives of Brussels.

"It was a great speech, he was optimistic, he talked about Conservative values, and he talked about the opportunities if we do Brexit properly", Richard Tice, co-chairman of campaign group Leave means Leave, said after Johnson's speech.

Hard Brexit backers - led by former foreign secretary Boris Johnson - consider the plan a sellout of Brexit because it keeps Britain tied to the EU.

After private polling for the Tories suggested a Johnson leadership could kill off Ruth Davidson's bid to become First Minister in 2021, Mr Mundell declared: "What is a fact is that Mr Johnson is not an asset for the Scottish Conservative Party".

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