Jeremy Corbyn doesn't have the numbers to lead rebellion and bring Boris Johnson's government down, minister insists

JEREMY Corbyn does not have the numbers to lead a rebellion and bring down Boris Johnson’s government, a Tory minister has insisted.

Kwasi Kwarteng told rebel MPs to forget about a Corbyn challenge and get behind the PM as he prepares for Brexit.

The Business Minister also refused to back the idea of a unity of government led by Tory grandee Ken Clarke.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he said: “I think we will continue as a government.

“I don't think that the Labour party have the numbers for a no confidence vote.

“And what we have to focus on is delivering Brexit on 31 October.

“All of this seems to be speculation about Ken Clarke, Harriet Harman and all these people.

“I don't see them leading a government.

“I think we will [have a PM] and we will deliver on the mandate and referendum of 2016.”


A fresh civil has erupted among the Conservatives as rebels vowed to work with Jeremy Corbyn to stop No Deal.

MPs were outraged after Remainers including Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin and Caroline Spelman – along with independent Nick Boles – wrote to the Labour boss yesterday.

The letter said they had a "common priority" to work together to "prevent No Deal Brexit" and they welcomed his invite.

And they added: "We would be happy to meet with you as well as colleagues from other opposition parties whenever convenient in the weeks before Parliament returns."

But they insisted they wanted to "discuss the different ways that this might be achieved" – in a hint they wouldn't back him to be PM if it came down to it.

The letter was the most positive reaction to Mr Corbyn's call, which was rejected by all sides of the political spectrum.

But Tories reacted with fury at the idea that their own side was talking to the Opposition at all.

Iain Duncan Smith told The Sun: "It’s contemptible than anyone would talk to an anti Semitic Marxist about possibly forming a government."

His plot to take power as a caretaker PM to delay Brexit again and call a fresh election has been slapped down by most of the opposition MPs – who said they will refuse to work with him.

The Liberal Democrats, Greens, SNP and Plaid all agreed they wanted to work together to stop a No Deal Brexit, but poured cold water on his demands to be installed in No10 if Boris Johnson is brought down.

New Lib Dem boss Jo Swinson said this morning that he "doesn't command support right across the House of Commons, and he has not been much use, frankly, on the issue of Brexit".

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