The Cabinet know that Theresa May can’t go on. But they can’t get rid of her either –

On Sunday, as the Conservatives were gathering in Manchester for one of the worst conferences in their history, I spoke to a senior Tory who was seriously worried about the Prime Minister’s health. She had a rotten cold, he said, and was refusing to deal with it properly. She had been advised to rest, but set herself a gruelling schedule, including an entirely avoidable trip to Estonia last week and 26 interviews the day before her speech. On a personal basis, this was brave. Professionally, it was reckless. It was as if she believed the act of carrying on would somehow make the problems go away.

There are many images that those 
of us who were at the conference will not forget in a hurry: the prankster handing her a P45, the cough sweet she held aloft, the stage set falling apart as she spoke. But perhaps the most memorable was the horror on 
the faces of Theresa May’s Cabinet colleagues…


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