Solihull borough MPs back prime minister Theresa May ahead of leadership vote - The Solihull Observer

Solihull borough MPs back prime minister Theresa May ahead of leadership vote

Solihull Editorial 12th Dec, 2018 Updated: 12th Dec, 2018   0

SOLIHULL borough’s MPs have spoken out in support of prime minister Theresa May ahead of tonight’s leadership challenge mounted by members of her own party.

A decision will be announced this evening after Conservative MPs tabled a vote of no confidence in Mrs May’s leader of the party.

Many MPs are unhappy with her handling of the Brexit negotiations.

But Meriden MP Dame Caroline Spelman and Solihull MP Julian Knight called for others to get behind the PM.

If she gains a majority of votes from the 315 MPs in her party, she will remain in her post and be protected from another leadership challenge for at least another year.

A loss would trigger a Conservative leadership contest, only days after a critical vote on the prime minister’s Brexit deal was cancelled.

Dame Caroline tweeted: “I’m very disappointed that at this hugely significant time in our nations’ history some of my colleagues have seen fit to trigger a confidence vote in Theresa May.

“Mrs May has made a supreme effort to deliver on the referendum result. I will continue to support her.

“She is committed to building a country that works for everyone and delivering the Brexit people voted for, this morning saying: ‘I have devoted myself unsparingly to these tasks ever since I became PM. I stand ready to finish the job.

“Inspiring words, I fully support Mrs May.

“The vast majority of constituents contacting my office are calling for me to support the PM in this evening’s confidence vote.

“I will absolutely be backing Mrs May.”

Mr Knight tweeted: “I, like many, have had enough of this nonsense – we have four months till Brexit – get behind the prime minister.

“Let’s get out of the EU and take it from there or we risk no Brexit!

“I passionately want to deliver on the result of the referendum!

“I will be supporting the prime minister, delivering on Brexit is in our grasp this vote is a distraction #iambackingthepm”


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