Blow for Theresa May as Ruth Davidson says the Tories are having a ‘nervous breakdown’ and need to ‘man up’

Scottish Tory Leader Ruth Davidson has urged her party to “get over its current nervous breakdown and man up”.

Ms Davidson said that Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity would not last and that the Conservatives need to “start the fight”, offering to do it herself.

The Tory party is in the grip of a “nervous breakdown” and needs to “man up”, its Scottish leader declared today.

Ruth Davidson’s devastating put-down is a fresh blow to Theresa May – who was reportedly offered a pep talk by the SAS after her tearful election night.

Ms Davidson spoke at a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference where members pleaded with her to “save” the party.

She replied: “I don’t think the party needs saving. I think it needs to get over its current nervous breakdown and man up a little bit.”

She also gave a withering verdict on the ‘ dementia tax ‘ unveiled during the election, saying: “It’s a reform that to explain takes a paragraph, but it doesn’t even take a sentence to knock it down.

“You just say dementia tax and everyone runs away.”

She said being Prime Minister “honestly looks like the loneliest job in the world” – but refused to rule out a future bid for Downing Street.

Ms Davidson claimed Boris Johnson had not broken government policy with his latest article setting out personal ‘red lines’ on Brexit .

But she added: “I’ve got a lot of my MSPs at this conference.

“If any of you think of writing anything without telling me or that’s counter to current Scottish Conservative policy, you’re out on your ear – because nobody is unsackable.”

Cuttingly she said: “If I was able to interpret the actions and the thought process behind the actions of the Foreign Secretary then I think I could make a better living doing that than I do now.”

And asked if Mr Johnson even knows what he’s doing, she replied cuttingly: “I think this is a train of argument and questioning I’m not qualified to answer.”

Asked if she was a female Boris Johnson, she replied: “I think it’s fair to say I don’t speak as much Greek as the Foreign Secretary.”

In a wide-ranging Q&A with The Times Red Box, Ms Davidson – who said “I haven’t kick-boxed in years but I’m still a lesbian” – indicated there are some Cabinet ministers who don’t support transgender rights.

She said: “I’m not entirely sure there is total agreement. But I think there is a recognition of where we’re going and that is the right thing to do.”

Ms Davidson warned Westminster MPs must not “drop the ball” on issues like LGBT rights while the nation’s focus is on Brexit.

She revealed she told Theresa May she would have been “deeply uncomfortable” if she went into a full coalition with the hard-right, anti-gay DUP .

And asked about “jumping into bed” with the party, she joked: “I’m not sure [ DUP leader ] Arlene Foster would be comfortable with the idea of being in bed with me”.

Ms Davidson said “I’ve not gone to sleep under an EU duvet” but it was right to look for an Brexit deal that would not harm Britain and the Union.

She branded Jeremy Corbyn a “threat to the Union” and said “I’m 38 and he’s, what, 68 – I think I can outlast him.”

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