Jeremy Corbyn is hatching a plot to seize power from Boris Johnson and delay Brexit, with the Labour leader writing to the Liberal Democrats, the SNP and rebel Tories to ask for their support. Kwasi Kwarteng claimed only one Conservative MP, Guto Bebb, has given support to Mr Corbyn’s plan however. ITV Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway remarked: “He’s gaining support from all sorts of places, SNP have indicated, Plaid Cymru, other people have indicated actually.
“As I say including some of your Tory MPs, that it might be ‘no bad thing’ or the ‘worst of all’ options.”
The Tory MP for Spelthorne hit back: “I think there was one Conservative MP, and that’s up to Guto.
“He left the Government and said he’s stepping down from Parliament at the next election, and that’s up to him.
“But it was very striking to me that Jo Swinson, the newly elected leader of the Liberal Democrats, has essentially ruled out supporting Jeremy Corbyn.
“That’s up to her. I don’t know the goings-on that are happening, the conversations that are happening.
“What I do know is that the Government is focused on leaving the EU on October 31, which we fully intend to do.”
However, Tory MP Dominic Grieve recently said he was happy to speak to Mr Corbyn about ways in which they might “co-operate” to stop a no-deal Brexit.
He added: “Even for a short period a prime minister in a caretaker capacity has got to be somebody who can inspire trust – and such people do exist within the House of Commons and would be in a position to do that.
“I have to say that seeing Jeremy Corbyn’s history, it’s difficult to see how he could possibly be in a position to do such a thing.”
Mr Grieve said it would be a “very good idea” for someone who does not want the job as Prime Minister permanently to be in the caretaker role, but would not speculate on candidates.
“I would expect there are people in his own party and indeed the necessary Conservative backbenchers who would be unwilling to support him.
“It is nonsense.”
She added: “This letter is just more red lines that are about him and his position and is not a serious attempt to find the right solution and build a consensus to stop a no-deal Brexit.
“I am committed to working in a credible way with those in other parties, and none, across Parliament to stop a no-deal Brexit and will set out how that could work in my speech tomorrow.”
The Labour leader’s plans of delaying Brexit further by securing an extension to the Article 50 process were outlined in the letter to Westminster’s opposition leaders and key Tory rebels, including Mr Grieve and Sir Oliver Letwin.