Theresa May survived the confidence vote and will continue as Prime Minister

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    Ever since Theresa May stepped into the role of Prime Minister following the divisive 2016 Brexit vote, it has been a turbulent ride.

    Two years later and there are accusations of little progress made, with this Brexit appearing to be softer and slower than anyone could have predicted.

    But today, after more than 48 letters of complaint sent to Graham Brady, it was announced that Theresa’s days at No.10 could be numbered as Tory MPs requested a vote of confidence in their leader, with a potential no confidence vote triggering a new leadership competition.

    But the results are officially in, and May has survived the confidence vote.

    The Prime Minister needed 159 votes to remain leader, something she succeeded, getting 200 votes, with 117 MPs voting against her.

    ‘Sir Graham Brady has confirmed that he has received 48 letters from Conservative MPs so there will now be a vote of confidence in my leadership of the Conservative party,’ Theresa May announced this morning. ‘I will contest that vote with everything I’ve got.’

    ‘Delivering the Brexit people voted for. Building a country that works for everyone. I have devoted myself unsparingly to these tasks ever since I became prime minister,’ May concluded. ‘And I stand ready to finish the job.’

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    The vote took place tonight between 6pm and 8pm, seeing Tory MPs reveal their trust in their leader.

    Before the vote, Theresa reportedly told MPs that she would not fight the next election, and would step down before it.

    The Prime Minister is now immune from leadership challenges for the next year.

    We will continue to update this story.

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