The MP for mid-Bedfordshire, Nadine Dorries, broke the news shortly before PMQs this morning on BBC Politics Live. Veteran host Andrew Neil asked bluntly: “Is the Prime Minister going to win or lose this vote tonight?” Ms Dorries replied conspiratorially: “Well, I think I’m going to put my neck out a little bit here actually.
“I know cabinet ministers who’ve been telephoned by the Chief Whip and told the him that the Prime Minister has their support and, privately, she does not.
“I know ministers who’ve been phoned by whips this morning who’ve said they will support the Prime Minister – but they’re not going to.
“I know MPs who’ve done the same.”
Andrew Neil remarked: “This is why it’s the most duplicitous electorate in the world.”
Agreeing, his guest continued: “Exactly.
“So everyone’s protecting their back and protecting their jobs.
“What I would say is that, if she survives, I think she will only just survive.
“And I think that will be even worse because I think she will be even more mortally wounded than she is now.”
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has posted a “sincere request to colleagues” to support Theresa May on Twitter.
He wrote: “My sincere request to colleagues: BREXIT IS NOT GUARANTEED and the British people will not forgive us if we fail to deliver it.
“All those who want to stop it are praying for a Conservative leadership contest. So don’t take the risk and back Theresa May tonight.”