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British PM May should call a leadership contest, former party chairman says

Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street on her way to attending Prime Minister's Questions in the Houses of Parliament on June 28, 2017 in London, England.
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Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street on her way to attending Prime Minister's Questions in the Houses of Parliament on June 28, 2017 in London, England.

British Prime Minister Theresa May should call a leadership election and as many as 30 of her lawmakers support telling her to go, former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps said on Friday.

"I think she should call a leadership election," Shapps told BBC Radio 5 live. "The writing is on the wall."

Shapps, who chaired the party between 2012 and 2015, said up to 30 Conservative lawmakers backed the bid to tell May to go.