Theresa May to remain Conservative leader after surviving confidence vote

Theresa May

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Prime Minister will remain leader of the Conservative Party after surviving a vote of confidence called against her by MPs.

A total of 200 Conservative MPs voted for Theresa May to remain party leader, with 117 voting against her in a secret ballot this evening.

There was a 100 per cent turn out for the vote, in which Ms May secured a narrow majority of 83.

She needed to secure at least 159 votes in her favour to remain Conservative leader.



In a statement earlier today, the Prime Minister said she would fight the attempt to oust her with "everything I've got".

After winning the vote, Ms May cannot be challenged again for a year.

Delivering a statement after the result of the ballot was revealed, Ms May said it had been a "long and challenging day".

The Prime Minister also acknowledged the "significant number of colleagues" who had voted against her, but insisted it was now time to "get on with the job" of delivering Brexit.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, who encouraged MPs to hand in no-confidence letters to the 1922 Committee chair, Sir Graham Brady, branded the outcome of the confidence vote a "terrible result for the Prime Minister".

Theresa May outside 10 Downing Street. Image: Getty

It was announced this afternoon that suspended Conservative MPs, Charlie Elphicke and Andrew Griffiths, had been reinstated by the chief whip to allow them to take part in the vote, which drew criticism from some.

Mr Elphicke had been suspended five months ago for alleged sexual offences involving two members of staff, with Mr Griffiths suspended after sending sexually explicit messages to women.