Majority of Germans think Merkel is finished, poll shows: Chancellor battles for political survival after coalition talks collapse leaving country facing snap election
Christian Democrat Union, Greens and Free Democrats had been in talks
Parties were already way past initial deadline set after September vote
Christian Social Union want refugee cap while Greens want coal crackdown
But the FDP walked out of talks overnight, plunging Germany into crisis
By Lara Keay and Allan Hall and Keiran Southern For Mailonline
Published: 21:29, 19 November 2017 | Updated: 15:51, 20 November 2017
Angela Merkel's future is in jeopardy after the collapse of talks to form a new government.
A poll by the Die Welt newspaper found 61.4 percent saying the failure of talks would mean an end to Merkel as chancellor.
Only 31.5 percent thought otherwise.
The woman who has led the economic powerhouse of Europe for 12 years has little time on her side to form an administration after the negotiations on Sunday ended in failure.
Germany could be facing a snap election in the new year after the pro-business liberal Free Democratic Party walked out on the meeting with Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and The Green Party.
Theresa May's policy chief to stand down in bid to reform grassroots Tory politics
The Evening Standard
Theresa May's policy chief George Freeman has announced plans to stand down.
Theresa May's policy chief has said he is standing down from his role at No 10 to concentrate on grassroots reform of the Conservative Party.
George Freeman said an "ambitious" programme of party reform was needed to reconnect with younger voters in the wake of the Tories' "ill-conceived" general election campaign.
The Mid Norfolk MP was originally appointed to chair Mrs May's Policy Board when she became Prime Minister in July 2016.
Writing on the Conservative Home website, he said he would now be focusing on his role as chairman of the Conservative Policy Forum - which aims to give a voice to grassroots members.
It is understood that the Policy Board, which was based in No 10, has not been reconstituted since the general election in June.
In his article, Mr Freeman said there needed to be a real commitment to learn the lessons of the election - which saw the Conservatives lose their overall Commons majority - and reverse the decline in membership numbers.
"Given the deepening disconnection between the Conservative Party and the new generation of aspirational voters under 45, the new intellectual battle of ideas reshaping our political landscape, this is now urgent," he said.
His comments follow the disclosure that he wrote to Mrs May in the run-up to the election warning that the Tories risked being seen as "a narrow party of nostalgia, hard Brexit, public sector austerity and lazy privilege".
For Labour, shadow cabinet office minister Jon Trickett said: "For a man who once said that the 'raison d'etre' of his role in Number 10 was to face the challenge of renewal in office, his resignation speaks volumes on the current state of the Tories in Government."
TSAR WALKS Theresa May’s opportunities tsar Alan Milburn resigns and accuses her of not doing enough to close country’s class divide
Alan Milburn has quit as chairman of the Social Mobility Commission after months of 'indecision, dysfunctionality and lack of leadership'
By David Wooding, Sunday Political Editor
2nd December 2017, 9:43 pm Updated: 2nd December 2017, 9:50 pm
THERESA May’s opportunities tsar sensationally quit last night, accusing her of not doing enough to close the class divide.
Alan Milburn said the PM’s pledge to improve the life chances of the poorest families was a hollow sham.
Alan Milburn, who was chairman of the Social Mobility Commission, said May's pledge to improve life chance of the poorest families was a HOLLOW SHAM.
He resigned as chairman of the Social Mobility Commission in dismay after months of “indecision, dysfunctionality and lack of leadership”.
Last night all three fellow commissioners announced that they would also be standing down.
The move is a heavy blow to Mrs May who declared it her mission to tackle “burning injustices” in society.
Former Labour minister Mr Milburn said last night: “Talking the talk is all very well but you also need to walk the walk.
The worst position in politics is to set out a proposition that you’re going to heal social divisions and then do nothing about it.”
He added: “There is only so long that you can continue to push water up hill.”
Mr Milburn, who took the job in 2012, said little had been done to close the gap between the haves and the have nots since Mrs May became PM.
It is now so great that he believes it would take 80 years to narrow the divide between areas which get the most and least kids into university.
He said she was not providing the energy needed to improve school standards, wages and housing.
In his resignation letter to Mrs May, Mr Milburn writes: “I do not doubt your personal belief in social justice, but I see little evidence of that being translated into meaningful action. The need for political leadership in this area has never been more pressing.”
His deputy, former Tory education secretary Baroness Gillian Shephard, also quit.
She was followed by fellow commissioners David Johnston and Prof Paul Gregg.
I must be getting old - I thought it was Milburn's job to provide some leadership on this subject? Rather than walk away from something he "passionately" believes in (his words) when the going gets tough! Another headache for the PM.
Theresa May could face 'leadership change before Christmas' warns Tory as backlash mounts over collapsed Brexit deal
Theresa May is facing a backlash over a collapsed deal for Northern Ireland as Ed Miliband called the Tories a "couldn’t run a p*** up in a brewery bunch of jokers"
ByDan Bloom Political reporter
08:53, 5 DEC 2017Updated09:13, 5 DEC 2017
Theresa May is facing a backlash and a threat to her survival after her latest bid to solve the Brexit deadlock collapsed.
The humiliated Prime Minister called off a possible deal last night DUP leader Arlene Foster - who she handed £1bn to prop up her government - told her 'no' in a last-minute phone call.
Today ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband branded the Tories a "ludicrous, incompetent, absurd, make it up as you go along, couldn’t run a p*** up in a brewery bunch of jokers".
Tory party donor calls for cabinet to oust May after Brexit deal failure
Pimlico Plumbers founder Charlie Mullins accuses PM of handing power to a ‘bunch of bowler hat wearing relics’, aka the DUP
Charlie Mullins has accused Theresa May of ‘hobbling’ incompetence. Photograph: Pimlico Plumbers
Tuesday 5 December 2017 16.44 GMT
Last modified on Tuesday 5 December 2017 16.57 GMT
A prominent Conservative party donor has called for ministers to oust Theresa May after failing to strike a Brexit deal.
The founder of Pimlico Plumbers, Charlie Mullins, claimed the prime minister’s incompetence is “hobbling” the UK’s negotiations and invited “THAT BUNCH OF JELLYFISH MASQUERADING AS THE CABINET” to force her from office.
Mullins also blamed May for handing power to the Democratic Unionist party, who he describes as a bunch of “bowler hat wearing relics”.
BREAKING NEWS: Tory rebels inflict a humiliating DEFEAT on Theresa May in fight to guarantee MPs a 'meaningful' vote on the final Brexit deal - rejecting her desperate last minute concessions
Tory rebel Dominic Grieve forced a division over a 'meaningful' vote on Brexit
He was thought to have up to 20 rebels ready to defy the Government whips
Marathon debate began at 1pm this afternoon and votes began at 7pm tonight
By Tim Sculthorpe, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline
Published: 11:34, 13 December 2017 | Updated: 19:49, 13 December 2017
Theresa May was consigned to an humiliating Commons defeat tonight as Tory MPs revolted over demands for a 'meaningful' vote on the final Brexit deal.
A rebellion of 12 Conservative MPs secured a crunch Commons vote 309 to 305 - handing Mrs May her first ever legislative defeat by just four votes in an historic blow to her already shaky credibility.
Theresa May sacks Deputy Prime Minister Damian Green after he 'misled' public over allegations of pornography on Commons computer
Mr Green has admitted he made "misleading" statements about allegations pornography was found on his Commons computer in 2008
ByArj SinghJane LavenderChris kitching
21:33, 20 DEC 2017Updated21:49, 20 DEC 2017
Theresa May sacks Damian Green over pornography scandal
Theresa May has sacked her deputy and lifelong friend Damian Green after an internal investigation found he made "misleading" comments about allegations that pornography was found on computers in his parliamentary office.
The Prime Minister demanded his resignation as First Secretary of State after an independent adviser on ministers' interests, Sir Alex Allan, found he had breached the ministerial code.
Just weeks ago, David Davis, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union , claimed he would step down from his post if Green lost his job.
But now the minister appears to have backtracked on his pledge.
If l remember all the snowflakes and fellow travellers were going to leave us because of Brexit,also most of California's West Coast liberals were decamping to Canada because of Trump's victory don't think that happened either,people make statements then reality kicks in also called my ministerial salary.
Note Green's manipulation of language. He says "I should have been clearer...." about the time he told porkies, so what he means is "I should have told the truth.....". In effect, he's still lying, even after he's been rumbled. And, in the real world, he'd be without a job today whereas he's still got his MP job + salary + expenses + more expenses etc etc. Nice work if you can get it. They never actually manage to work out why they're held in contempt by so many people, do they.