One senior Tory official told The Sun: “We’re not going to be able to stop people joining up just to vote for a new leader now.
“If Theresa resigned when she intended to, at the end of May, we could have balloted the membership within five or six weeks.
“There’s very little chance of that now Brexit has been pushed back, so the danger is it will become a free for all.”
The new membership number is a seven-year high for the Tories although, under party rules, new members cannot vote in leadership contests unless they have been a part of the party for at least three months.
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