It is an unusual situation in New York when someone who last held elective office in 1983 and is affiliated with neither the Democratic nor the Republican Parties can dominate the headlines and top the television and radio news. But that’s precisely what Mike Long did three days ago, when he announced that, after thirty years, he was stepping down as state chairman of the New York Conservative Party. “Clearly this was my life,” Long told Newsmax on Wednesday, noting that the 57-year-old third party he has long headed is considered a key partner with the Republicans. Its cross-endorsement has long been essential to Republicans capturing statewide or U.S. House seats in New York. Long, who turns 79 on February 1, said that he had been thinking about retirement “and it took me a year get up the courage to step away. But it was time to move on and let someone else take charge.” But Long is already missed. Hours after his surprise announcement, veteran Rep. … [Read more...] about Mike Long: Man Who Changed NY Politics Steps Down as Conservative Party Head
THE coup to oust Theresa May yesterday exploded the most vicious Tory civil war over Europe yet - leaving Cabinet ministers fearing the party had started a historic break-up. Within minutes of the contest being declared at 7.30am, No10 loyalists and Brexiteer rebels began trading blood-thirsty blows. Chancellor Philip Hammond declared the moment had come to “flush out the extremists”, words that infuriated hardline Brexiteers. Another pro-No10 senior Tory insisted the day was “all about putting a stake into the heart” of the European Research Group, who had tried to coordinate the putsch to oust the PM. The ERG – led by Jacob Rees-Mogg – retaliated by naming its operations room yesterday as ‘the Kill Zone’. In a bitter personal blow to Mrs May, the room emerged last night to be the large Commons office of former Tory leader and her long standing friend Iain Duncan-Smith. Jacob Rees Mogg says tonight's result was 'terrible' for the PM and … [Read more...] about Coup to oust Theresa May over Brexit could go down as the moment that started the historic break-up of the Conservative party
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May won a confidence vote from her Conservative party on Wednesday, but 117 of her lawmakers said she was no longer the right leader to implement Britain’s exit from the European Union.Britain’s March 29 exit has been plunged into crisis by parliamentary opposition to the divorce deal she struck with the EU last month, which has opened up possibilities including a delay to Brexit or even another referendum on membership.May on Monday cancelled a parliamentary vote on the deal, which is designed to maintain close future ties with the EU, after it became clear she would lose it.Eurosceptic critics of the deal within her own party triggered a no-confidence vote in her leadership on Tuesday, hours after she returned from talks with European leaders aimed at winning additional assurances about her deal.After two hours of voting in Committee Room 14 in the House of Commons, Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative … [Read more...] about Theresa May wins Conservative Party vote of confidence
Theresa May has won a vote of no confidence after gaining the backing of 200 Tory MPs - although 117 MPs voted against her. Mrs May needed the support of more than 50 per cent of the 316 Conservative MPs to stay in office, so 159 in total. This afternoon, every MP in her Cabinet swiftly issued statements of support and she was greeted by loud cheers from the Tory backbenches when she faced the House of Commons for her weekly session of Prime Minister's Questions. By early afternoon, the number of Conservative MPs saying publicly that they would vote for her had passed the 159 required for her to survive the attempt to oust her. The vote took place this evening, and was triggered after Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, said the threshold 48 letters of no confidence had been exceeded. But what happens now Theresa May has won the vote? Here's what you need to know. What happens now Mrs May has won? Now Mrs May has … [Read more...] about What happens next for Theresa May and the Conservative Party after the failed leadership challenge?
British Prime Minister, Theresa May, says she intends to see her draft Brexit plan through but she could be removed as party leader if the Tories hold a vote of no confidence. Here's a look at the 10 men and women who are the most likely to be the next leader of the Conservative party. Brexit, Northern Ireland and what will happen next - Prime Minister Theresa May giving press conference outside 10 Downing Street … [Read more...] about Who will be the next leader of the Conservative party if Theresa May is forced to resign?