Theresa May to carry on with 'calm leadership' amid Shapps plot

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Theresa May has said she will carry on providing "calm leadership" at the head of the Government following the disclosure that some Tory MPs are urging her to stand down.

Speaking in her Maidenhead constituency, the Prime Minister said she had the "full support" of the Cabinet.

She told reporters: "Now what the country needs is calm leadership, and that's what I am providing with the full support of my Cabinet."

Her comments follow the disclosure that former party chairman Grant Shapps is leading a group of rebel MPs urging her to stand down.

Mr Shapps has claimed the backing of around 30 backbenchers, including five former Cabinet ministers, although loyalist MPs have accused him of exaggerating his support.