After last year's disastrous election and party conference, few thought it likely that Theresa May would still be at the helm of the Conservative Party 12 months later. Despite a fragile parliamentary majority based on DUP votes, a spate of recent high-profile resignations from her cabinet, as well as a Brexit strategy that has gone badly awry, the Prime Minister has showed extraordinary resilience and leads her party in to this year's conference in Birmingham.
But May's leadership is far from secure and her party is, once again, in a state of open civil war over the exact nature of Brexit. This year's Conservative Party Conference looks set to be decisive as the party battles it out over Chequers, no deal and mooted trade agreements with Donald Trump.
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