Theresa May Wins Confidence Vote

Final tally was 200 to 117
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 12, 2018 3:06 PM CST
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May makes a media statement in Downing Street, London, confirming there will be a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party, Wednesday Dec. 12, 2018.   (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)
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(Newser) – When Prime Minister Theresa May entered a room in the House of Commons to speak to Conservative lawmakers ahead of a no-confidence vote Wednesday, she was greeted by table banging—a customary sign of approval, reports the AP. It ended up being a prescient gesture: The BBC reports she needed the votes of 159 MPs to remain the Conservative leader, and she crossed that threshold, winning the confidence vote 200 votes to 117, reports the Guardian. It adds that after the words "does have confidence in..." were announced, it could not hear the rest due to the eruption of cheers.

But Reuters reports May won't be in it for the long haul. In her pre-vote comments, she pledged to step down in advance of the 2022 parliamentary election. "She did say she wouldn't be fighting the next general election," one minister was quoted as saying. "It was quite emotional the way she put it, she said in my heart I wanted to do that but now I recognize that I am not going to." (Read more Theresa May stories.)

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