Theresa May pleads with her Cabinet to end leaks as Tory briefing war grows


Theresa May and her Cabinet
Theresa May’s Cabinet.
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  • Theresa May pleads with her colleagues to stop
    leaks.
  • Extraordinary intervention follows growing briefing war
    between senior members of the government.
  • May will remind her Cabinet to concentrate on
    delivering on Brexit.
  • PM insists Cabinet discussions must be kept
    private.

LONDON — Theresa May will tomorrow plead with her Cabinet to
stop leaking private conversations to the press, following a
growing briefing way among senior members of the Cabinet.

In recent days details of private Cabinet discussions have

made their way into the press
, with five Cabinet members
leaking alleged comments by the Chancellor on public sector pay
to the Sunday Times.

One Cabinet minister told the Daily Telegraph today that Hammond
was trying to “f*** up” Brexit, while Hammond suggested in an
interview on Sunday that some of his hardline Brexit-supporting
colleagues were targeting him.

Other stories about clashes between the Brexit secretary David
Davis and the foreign secretary Boris Johnson have also made
their way into the press, along with widespread reports of
Cabinet members manoeuvring against the prime minister.

In an extraordinary intervention, the PM’s spokesman said today
that May would urge her Cabinet to stop leaking to the press
and concentrate on “delivering for the British people
instead.” 

“Of course cabinet must be able to hold discussions of policy in
private and the prime minister will be reminding her Cabinet
colleagues of that at the cabinet meeting tomorrow,” they said.

“She will remind them of their responsibilities and make the
point that ministers across government need to be focused on
delivering for the British public.”

The aide said they were not aware of any formal investigation
into the leaks, but added:

“I am not going to get into speculation about who said what,
where and when. I am simply saying that Cabinet must be able to
hold its discussions on public policy in private and the PM will
remind her colleagues of that.”

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