Both pro and anti-Brexit lawmakers back ousting PM May: former Conservative chairman

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Posted: Oct 06, 2017 2:48 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps said on Friday that both supporters and opponents of Brexit were among the 30 lawmakers who back a plot to topple British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Divisions over May's future burst into the open on Friday after her conference speech was ruined by a comedian, coughing fit and even letters falling off the slogans behind her on stage.

Shapps told BBC radio that there was a broad range of lawmakers urging May to step down.

"These are Remainers, they are Brexiteers. They would never automatically agree on a single candidate and this is not about promoting an individual," he said.

(Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)