Conservative cabinet ministers are jostling for position to replace Theresa May as leader of the party and Prime Minister.
Conservative MP Grant Shapps today revealed there were around 30 MPs who felt it was time for her to go.
A formal leadership challenge needs the backing of 48 MPs.
The list of names includes five former cabinet ministers and a mix of pro and anti-Brexit, who will urge May to quietly step-down.
This looming challenge follows a series of bumps in the road for May, the most notable being the disastrous snap election which resulted in the Conservatives losing their majority and ending up propped up in parliament by the DUP.
The movements from party rebels were triggered by May’s shaky keynote speech at the Conservative Party conference on Wednesday.
May’s words were overshadowed by comedian Lee Nelson handing her a P45, a relentless cough and a letter falling off the slogan on the set behind her.