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May awaits confidence vote result - as Tory MP's cast ballots

December 13, 2018 5:07 am
UK Prime Minister Theresa May [Source: POLITICO Europe]

Conservative MP’s are voting on whether Theresa May should stay as their leader with a result expected after 20:00 GMT.

The UK Prime Minister made a last-minute appeal for support at an emotional meeting of backbench MP’s.

She told them she will not lead the party into the next scheduled election in 2022 – but wants to stay on to deliver her Brexit deal, MP’s said.

She faces a vote of confidence in her leadership after 48 Conservative MP’s called for one to be held.

The majority of Conservative MP’s have publicly said they will support the PM but it is a secret ballot and there were signs of nerves among party managers ahead of the vote in Committee Room 14 at the Palace of Westminster.

A result is expected fairly quickly after the voting finishes at 20:00 GMT.