Earlier today it was confirmed that a vote of no confidence had been filed against the Prime Minister, Theresa May by backbench members of the Conservative Party.
Graham Brady, Chair of the 1922 Committee, received at least 48 letters which has triggered a vote of no confidence – scheduled to happen later today.
In a statement outside Number 10, Theresa May stressed that she will ‘contest that vote’. She claimed that the vote will only benefit ‘Jeremy Corbyn’ and ‘John McDonnell’ – amidst fears of a General Election.
Widespread speculation has engulfed the mainstream media, with opinions being deeply divided. Critics claim that she is set for a major defeat, whilst supporters are content that she will remain on as Prime Minister.
Regardless, if she obtains only a minor victory she may decide to step down as Prime Minister – as was done after Margaret Thatcher failed to win an outright majority in the first round of voting in 1990.
Members of the Cabinet have come out in full support of the Prime Minister, in an attempt to save her from tonight’s challenge. Liz Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, tweeted: ‘I fully support the Prime Minister’.
I fully support the Prime Minister and believe it would be completely wrong to have a leadership election now. She is the right person to deliver Brexit and has shown herself to be strong and determined.
— Liz Truss (@trussliz) December 12, 2018
Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary, has also offered his support to Theresa May. He claimed that being Prime Minister is the ‘most difficult job imaginable right now’ and feels that the contest is ill-timed and inappropriate.
I am backing @theresa_may tonight. Being PM most difficult job imaginable right now and the last thing the country needs is a damaging and long leadership contest. Brexit was never going to be easy but she is the best person to make sure we actually leave the EU on March 29
— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) December 12, 2018
However, prominent Brexiteers have voiced their opposition to the Prime Minister, including Bernard Jenkin MP. He claims that it is possible to change leader during turbulent times, as this occurred during the Second World War.
The UK changed Prime Minister in May 1940 – in the middle of a monstrously greater national crisis than this. If it has to be done, it has to be done. @conservatives
— Bernard Jenkin (@bernardjenkin) December 12, 2018
Several prominent individuals have failed to rule out a leadership bid, sparking widespread speculation that the United Kingdom could soon have a new Prime Minister.
More to follow..