Two-thirds of Conservative party members say Theresa May should stand down as leader

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An overwhelming majority of Conservative party members now believe Theresa May should stand down and trigger a leadership election, a survey has found.

May's position has come under harsh scrutiny in light of the party's humiliating results in the General Election, with Conservative backbenchers questioning her future.

And now a survey by website ConservativeHome has found that almost two-thirds of Tories believe her short time as leader is over.

Of more than 1,500 party members, 59 per cent said that May should quit and allow Conservatives to choose a new leader and Prime Minister.

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Just 37 per cent said that the Tory leader should remain, with the remainder declaring they were unsure what should happen next.

It comes as May comes under increasing fire from her backbenches after the party lost a net total of 13 seats.

In the hours after the election, serial rebel and former small business minister Anna Soubry said May should "consider her position".

Speaking earlier today, Soubry reiterated her position to Sky News stating that the Prime Minister's position was "untenable in the long term".

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Soubry's position was backed by fellow rebel and former education secretary Nicky Morgan, who told ITV's Robert Peston today that May should not lead the party into the next General Election.

The results have seen even normally loyal MPs criticise their party leader. Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans told Sky News yesterday that the Conservative manifesto was "full of poison from beginning to end".

"It was mean-spirited in trying to take school lunches off youngsters. It was irrelevant in trying to bring back fox hunting. Or it was a full-frontal assault on our core support, which were the elderly," Evans said.

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