IAIN DUNCAN SMITH has ordered “silly Tories with big mouths and small brains” to fall in line and support the Government amid an alleged plot to oust Theresa May as party leader.
The former Tory leader dismissed claims the party would “IDS” Mrs May by calling for a vote of no confidence as the PM faces increasing demands for her resignation.
Speaking to Sky News’ Sophy Ridge, Mr Smith said the PM would not face the same fate as himself and the Tories needed to rally under one banner.
Ridge asked: “In the Sunday Times today, Conservative sources are quoted saying that they want to want to do an IDS on the Prime Minister.
“In other words, forcing a vote of no confidence to try and oust her. Now it happened to you, can you see it happening to Theresa May?”
Dismissing the idea, Mr Smith said: “No, not at all and I don’t know who these people are by the way.
“These things happen in general terms but I was the leader of the opposition. Theresa May has come out of an election, didn’t do as well as we’d obviously hoped for which is probably bit of an understatement.
“But the reality is, we need stability now and we don’t need silly people in the Conservative Party with big mouths and small brains running around the place trying to tell everybody what they are going to do.”
Calling in his party to support Mrs May, Mr Smith said the alternative was a “Marxist ideology” running Britain.
He said: “I think that they should do now is to do what the rest of us want to do which is try and support the Government because the big threat, you know, you look into the abyss and it grins back at you with a very Marxist ideology.
“So we don’t want to see that govern Britain, therefore, we have to get stable, get behind the Prime Minister and make sure that at the end of it all that she has the strength and potency to go on and govern.”
Meanwhile, Labour’s John McDonnell called on Theresa May to step down and hand over the keys to No 10 as he claimed the Conservative Party was in “absolute disarray”.
Mr McDonnell said: “Well, the result was that nobody won, no party won. The Conservatives got the largest number of seats and they are trying to do a deal with the DUP.
“I oppose that deal and I believe it would be better to have another general election. Now that might come sooner rather than later.
“I’m afraid the problem on the Brexit talks is that we have a Government is disarray.
“I do not know which particular line of approach is being made by the Government because they are in complete division.
“So I think actually, removing this Government, allowing a Labour government if necessary a minority government to come into place, would give us clearer direction on all of this.”