May 'will survive no-confidence bid' as Tory rebels vow to back PM

Mail Online | 10/8/1924 | James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline
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Theresa May is set to cling on to 10 Downing Street in a confidence vote today, after her Brexit deal was crushed in the worst ever Commons defeat for a sitting government.

An extraordinary 118 Tory rebels, more than a third of the parliamentary party, joined forces with Labour to sink Mrs May's withdrawal agreement by 432 votes to 202 - a majority of 230 - on a dramatic day at Westminster.

Moments - Result - Jeremy - Corbyn - Motion

Moments after the result was announced Jeremy Corbyn announced he would table a no-confidence motion, which MPs will vote on tonight, in a bid to force a general election.

But the PM's Northern Irish allies, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, and backbench ringleader Jacob Rees-Mogg have all pledged to support her, meaning she is likely to survive.

DUP - Sammy - Wilson - Party - Government

The DUP's Sammy Wilson said the party wanted to 'get the government back on track' and would back Mrs May, while Mr Rees-Mogg said last night: 'I will be supporting the Prime Minister'.

Mr Johnson said he 'certainly shall' vote for the PM in Wednesday night's vote, saying he did not want Mr Corbyn in office instead.

Margin - Vote - Mrs - May - Deal

The margin of 230 in the vote on Mrs May's deal was by far the largest government defeat on record, higher than the 166 votes by which the minority Labour government lost a division in 1924.

Cheering could be heard by crowds of protesters gathered outside Parliament as the news filtered through - while the EU expressed shock.

Feet - Moments - Drubbing - Mrs - May

Rising to her feet moments after the drubbing, a clearly shaken Mrs May said the government will 'listen' and announced she would fight a no-confidence vote today - effectively daring Jeremy Corbyn to call one.

He immediately accepted the challenge, saying she had reached the 'end of the line' and a general election was now essential.


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