Theresa May survives vote of no-confidence in her leadership

British Prime Minister Theresa May has won a vote of no-confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party by 200 (63%) to 117 (37%) and is now immune from a leadership challenge for a year.

Speaking after the result outside Number 10 Downing Street, she vowed to deliver the Brexit “that people voted for”.

Mrs May, who visited Kenya in August, claimed to have listened to the concerns of the Conservative MPs who had voted against her and on Thursday would fight for changes to her Brexit deal at the EU summit.

The confidence vote was triggered by 48 Conservative MPs who disagree with her Brexit policy, which they say does not deliver on manifesto promises following the 2016 referendum result.

However, Mrs May said she had a “renewed mission – delivering the Brexit people voted for, bringing the country back together and building a country that really works for everyone.”

Despite her victory tonight, the could still be trouble ahead with chairman of the influential European Research Group Jacob Rees-Mogg demanding she resign, describing the result as “terrible”.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: “With the ‘payroll vote’ of ministers, parliamentary aides and trade envoys all likely to have backed Mrs May, a majority of the remaining 160-170 backbenchers voted no confidence in her.

“Of course I accept this result, but the Prime Minister must realise that under all constitutional norms, she ought to go to see the Queen urgently and resign.

“Constitutionally if a Prime Minister can’t get her business through the House of Commons – and on Monday the Prime Minister got up and said she was going to lose so heavily she wasn’t even going to call the vote – and then discovers that the overwhelming majority of her backbenchers have voted against her, she clearly doesn’t have the confidence of the House of Commons and she should make way for someone who does.”

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