Tory leadership contest: McVey attacks May over Brexit

Leadership hopeful Esther McVey has accused Theresa May of “by-passing” the cabinet in her attempt to push through her Brexit deal – and other ministers of failing to stand up to her.

The former work and pensions secretary made a speech at the Bruges Group, flanked by a photograph of Margaret Thatcher, saying she was the only cabinet member to call for a ministers’ vote on the PM’s plan to leave the EU.

Several other leadership contestants are making formal launches for their campaigns, as Tory MPs have until 17:00 BST on Monday to put their name forward for the top job.

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