Senior Tories rule out early challenge to PM BBC
· Senior Tories have ruled out changing their rules to allow an early challenge to Theresa May’s leadership, but have asked for more clarity about how long she will remain in office.
· Under current rules, MPs cannot hold a new confidence vote in her leadership until December – 12 months on from last year’s vote which she won.
· The 1922 Committee rejected bringing forward this deadline at a meeting.
· But chair Graham Brady said MPs asked for a “clear roadmap” about her future.
· Last month, Mrs May pledged to stand down if and when Parliament ratified her Brexit withdrawal agreement with the EU.
· The BBC’s political correspondent Iain Watson said although the PM was “technically safe” in her job until the end of the year, it was clear MPs wanted her to leave “sooner rather than later”.
McKee death ‘shows need to solve Irish border issue’ BBC
· The death of journalist Lyra McKee shows the need to “find an answer” to the Irish border question in the Brexit talks, Emily Thornberry has said.
· The shadow foreign secretary urged ministers to accept that a customs union with the EU was the way to avoid a hard border and preserve peace.
· Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington rejected a link between the border or customs arrangements and the murder.
· Treasury minister Liz Truss said it was “very wrong” to connect the two.
· Prime Minister Theresa May, President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn were among those who attended Ms McKee’s funeral in Belfast.
· She was shot dead on Thursday while observing rioting in Londonderry.