Banburyshire MPs throw their support behind May ahead of no confidence vote

MPs from around Banburyshire have thrown their support behind Theresa May ahead of a vote of no confidence in her leadership later today (Wednesday, December 12).

The Conservative MPs for North Oxfordshire, Stratford-on-Avon and South Northamptonshire have pledged their support for the Prime Minister on Twitter.

But West Oxfordshire MP Robert Courts has not made his intentions clear – he tweeted yesterday that he planned to vote against the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement before it was delayed.

Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, confirmed last night that the required 48 letters calling for a leadership contest had been delivered.

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, Mrs May said: “I will contest that vote with everything I have got.”

Banbury MP Victoria Prentis wrote on Twitter: “Inundated with messages of support for the #PM from my constituents this morning. Now is not the time for change. @theresa_may has my full support.”

PM Theresa May

PM Theresa May

South Northants MP and Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom – who fought against Mrs May in the last Tory leadership bid – gave her backing to the Prime Minister.

“Vital to support @theresa_may today. She is working hard in the interest of the UK to get a good Brexit deal and she has my full support,” she tweeted.

While Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi, who represents much of south Warwickshire, wrote: “I am backing @theresa_may tonight. We do not need further instability and division. Colleagues need to think of the national interest.”

Conservative MPs will vote from 6-8pm with a result expected as early as 9pm. If Mrs May gets a majority in her favour, she cannot be challenged again for a year.

If the Prime Minister loses, then there would then be a Conservative leadership contest in which she could not stand.

The Prime Minister has been under ever-increasing pressure from her party over Brexit and the withdrawal deal she has negotiated with the EU.