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Stortford MP Mark Prisk pledges support for Theresa May in Conservative 'no confidence' vote

Bishop’s Stortford’s MP has signalled his support for Prime Minister Theresa May as she faces a vote of no confidence this evening (Wed Dec 12).

Mark Prisk and the rest of the parliamentary party will give their verdict on Mrs May’s leadership after 48 Tory MPs sent letters to Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs, saying they no longer supported her.

The vote comes after months of criticism from Eurosceptics in the party over her handling of Brexit negotiations.

Mr Prisk, who has represented the Hertford and Stortford constituency since 2001, said: “At this moment, a party leadership vote is the last thing the country needs. Adding more uncertainty only makes thing worse. I will support the Prime Minister today and it’s important that she gets a clear result."

He campaigned to remain in the European Union in the lead-up to 2016’s referendum but has since supported the Government’s stance on withdrawal.

At a press conference in Downing Street this morning, Mrs May vowed to fight for survival "with everything I have got".

She needs to secure 158 votes – half the parliamentary party plus one – to remain as leader. The result of the secret ballot is expected at 9pm.

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