Election 2017: May appeals to MPs for support as her future hangs in balance

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Prime minister expected to signal at 1922 committee meeting that she will run government in a less controlling route, after carrying out modest reshuffle

Theresa May will appeal to her MPs to hurl their weight behind her at a crunch session on Monday, as her future hangs in the balance after the Conservatives majority was wiped out in Thursdays general election.

The prime minister is expected to signal to her parliamentary colleagues that she will operate her government in a more collegiate, less controlling way, after sacrificing her two closest consultants, Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy.

May carried out a modest reshuffle of her top team on Sunday as speculation continued to swirl about her future, including bringing back Michael Gove into government as surrounding secretary, replacing Andrea Leadsom. Gove crashed out of the cabinet last year after challenging May for the Conservative leadership, stymying Boris Johnsons chances in the process.

With many backbenchers blaming May for the partys poor performance at the polls, one senior Conservative said she would have to give a barnstorming performance at the session of the partys 1922 committee of MPs to hold on to her job.

George Osborne, who was sacked by May as chancellor last year, described her as a dead woman walking, telling the BBCs Andrew Marr Show: It is just how long she is going to remain on death row. I think we will know very shortly. We could easily get to the middle of next week and it all collapses for her.

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