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Theresa May to face confidence vote tonight

Theresa May to face confidence vote tonight

11:08am: Windsor MP Adam Afriyie said he will be supporting Mrs May in the vote tonight

9am: Theresa May has spoken in front of Number 10 just now.

She has said she will contest the vote, and said her deal with the EU is 'within our grasp'.

'A change of leadership in the Conservative Party now would put our country's future at risk', Mrs May said, and 'create uncertainty when we can least afford it', adding that if a new leader is chosen they would not have time to renegotiate with the EU ahead of the UK's current leaving date of March 29.

She said the 'British people want us to get on with it' and added that 'I stand ready to finish the job'.

8am: A vote of confidence in Theresa May's leadership of the Conservative Party will take place tonight.

The chairman of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, said this morning that more than the required 15 per cent of Conservative Commons MPs had sought the vote.

It comes after members of the Prime Minister and Maidenhead MP's party criticised the deal she negotiated to leave the European Union.

The ballot will be held this evening.

"The votes will be counted immediately afterwards and an announcement will be made as soon as possible in the evening," Sir Graham wrote in a statement.


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