What is the 1922 Committee? (Continued…)
They are still under the control of the party whips, so their ability to stoke insurrection is partly limited.
But it is the Committee that assesses, organises and ballots on leadership challenges — meaning its power, when called upon, can be huge.
This happened when chair Sir Graham Brady received enough votes to bring a motion of no confidence against Theresa May on December 12, 2018.
The move ultimately failed, with May winning with a majority of 83, with 200 Conservative MPs voting for her to remain, and 117 voting against her.
However, on May 24, 2019, Mrs May resigned her position, a decision triggered by a meeting with Brady who warned her of a new no-confidence vote.
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