May wins confidence vote of Tory MPs

© Getty Theresa May is immune from another leadership challenge for 12 months

Theresa May has secured her immediate political future as prime minister after winning a vote of confidence triggered by members of her own party over her handling of Brexit.

Mrs May was given the knock a day after the 48 no-confidence letter threshold was reached to stage leadership challenge.

The prime minister won by 200 votes to 117 – a majority of 83.

She is immune from another leadership fiasco at least for 12 months and can now focus on somehow changing the parliamentary calculus in order to get her Brexit withdrawal agreement passed a Commons vote.

Speaking shortly after the result was announced, Mrs May said she would approach EU leaders for changes to her Brexit deal at an EU summit on Thursday.

“I am pleased to have received the backing of my colleagues in tonight’s ballot,” she said.

“Whilst I am grateful for that support, a significant number of colleagues did cast a vote against me and I have listened to what they said.”

She spoke of a “renewed mission – delivering the Brexit people voted for, bringing the country back together and building a country that really works for everyone”.

Addressing the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers in an impassioned speech before they voted, Mrs May said she was ever ready and determined to deliver Brexit.

Unsurprisingly, in an apparent concession to Tory MPs who do not support her, she revealed she won’t be leading the Conservative Party to the next general election.

She recognised a lot of people were highly uncomfortable and dissatisfied about her premiership and leading the Conservatives into another election.

However, she did not set a date for when she would step down.

Her advisers and some ministers reportedly cried as she announced the effective endpoint of her leadership.

Mrs May also took the opportunity to vent her anger at Chancellor Philip Hammond calling European Research Group MPs “extremists.”

One cabinet minister said she was “very professional, very clear and also very passionate” during her speech.

Tory MPs were heard cheering, applauding and bashing the tables inside committee room 14 as she finished her speech and they then voted.

In the queue to vote, Environment Secretary Michael Gove was heard clearly saying: “I am going to be voting for the prime minister.”

Former Brexit secretary David Davis refused to say which way he had voted, as did International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt, both who are tipped as a future Tory leader.