DUP boss Arlene Foster has hinted she could back Sajid Javid to be the next Tory leader and Prime Minister.
She said today the Home Secretary “understands” the party’s concerns about the Northern Ireland backstop.
But she refused to openly back him for the top job, saying “I think there are many who not only understand but support our position”.
Her comments come as Mrs May faces a crunch vote of no confidence tonight – and she could be out of office by Christmas if she loses.
The DUP, who are currently propping up Theresa May’s government with their 10 MPs, could prove crucial again in a future election.
And whoever the Northern Irish party back will have a good chance of winning a leadership vote.
The PM currently relies on the support of the party to ensure she has a working Government.
They’ve said they will support her for now, but if she continues with her hated Brexit plans then they will pull her support.
The DUP could play a crucial role in this leadership election, as their support will be vital in the weeks and months ahead.
Ms Foster said this morning she was “not surprised” Mrs May was now facing a leadership challenge.
But she insisted she was focusing on Brexit and trying to get the best deal for Northern Ireland.
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