At 9pm, chairman of the 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady revealed the Prime Minister won by a margin of 200 to 117 – securing the 159 votes from her own MPs needed to hang onto the leadership. Prior to the vote, Theresa May May held a crunch meeting with her Conservative Party MPs in a last-ditch attempt to win their support. She promised them she will step down at the end of Brexit negotiations and not contest the next general election in a last-ditch attempt to win approval for the confidence vote.
In an Express.co.uk poll, that went live at 10.39am today and saw 8,721 votes cast as of 7.30pm, Jacob Rees-Mogg topped the list with 32 percent (2,751 votes).
The Brexiteer and chairman of the European Research Group has been a central figure in persuading MPs to submit the 48 letters required to challenge the Prime Minister’s leadership of the Conservative Party.
Following tonight’s vote, he demanded the Prime Minister resign, calling the result “terrible”.
Boris Johnson, who quit as Foreign Secretary in June in opposition to Mrs May’s Brexit plan, was second, polling 23 percent (1,941) of the votes.
He has long been touted as a future leader of the Tory Party but at the weekend refused to reveal whether he would make a leadership challenge against the Prime Minister.
Sixteen percent (1,359) of people taking part in our poll backed the Prime Minister and wanted to her to remain in her leadership position.
Just minutes before the result of the confidence vote was due to be announced, she was on course to achieve a narrow victory, with 177 Tory MPs publicly backing her.
She will travel to Brussels tomorrow morning for the European Council summit and will attempt to obtain “legal reassurances” on the Irish backstop to convince Tory Brexiteers to support her proposal when it is eventually on in Parliament.
Former Brexit Secretaries Dominic Raab and David Davis – who have also quit their roles this year in opposition to Mrs May’s plan to exit the European Union – polled 13 percent (1,079 votes) and 11 percent (925 votes) respectively in our poll.
Both were today part of a group who also teamed up with DUP leader Arlene Foster to launch their alternative Brexit plan, piling yet more pressure on Mrs May.
The paper, entitled A Better Deal, sets out proposals for an alternative Withdrawal Agreement from the European Union.
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It retains much of the Prime Minister’s own Brexit proposal but removes what the authors refer to as “poison pills” which prevented her securing much-needed cross-party support for her deal.
The backers of the new approach claim Parliament had effectively rejected the deal Theresa May struck with Brussels by making it impossible for her to get it voted through the House of Commons.
The former Brexit Secretaries were followed by Home Secretary Sajid Javid on three percent (228 votes), with Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd polling two percent (166 votes).
Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson all polled one percent each of total votes cast in our poll.