Alistair Burt MP gives Theresa May a vote of confidence

Alistair Burt
Alistair Burt MP. Pic credit: Chris McAndrew

Conservative MP for North East Bedfordshire, Alistair Burt, has said he’ll be supporting the Prime Minister as she faces a vote of no confidence in her leadership this evening. The vote will be held from 6pm and close at 8pm.

Teresa May’s future is in doubt after the threshold of 48 letters of no confidence in her leadership was submitted to the 1922 Committee was reached early this morning, triggering the ballot.

The 1922 Committee oversees the election of party leaders, or any Conservative party-led vote of no confidence in a current leader. Such a vote can be triggered by 15 percent of Conservative MPs writing a letter to the chairman asking for such a vote.

Conservative MP for North East Bedfordshire, Alistair Burt has told the Bedford Independent that he will be supporting the party leader: “In tonight’s confidence vote on PM Theresa May, I shall be voting for the Prime Minister.

“Given the almost impossible job of respecting the Referendum vote, securing the best interests of the country and satisfying all elements of the Conservative Party, Theresa May has worked tirelessly to deliver on all these things.

“With just a few weeks before the due date to leave the EU, the idea of a leadership challenge and contest in the Conservative Party will be greeted with incredulity by the public, by those concerned for our economic and employment welfare, and by our many friends overseas.

“We look alarmingly self indulgent, and once again, as so often over the years, those entirely obsessed with leaving the EU on their own terms will risk undermining their Party and our voters, as well as alienating any we wish to attract to the Conservative Party in the future.

“We have a chance for an agreement to leave the EU, but maintain a good relationship with it, and seek to heal and unite the country for the future.

A leadership contest now does not do this, but will, for sure, guarantee a very determined contest for the soul of the Conservative Party.”

Bedford MP, Mohammad Yasin (Lab) said, “This is a Government in chaos. Theresa May has failed to deliver a deal that her party can accept, she has refused the will of Parliament indenting them a meaningful vote – purely out of fear of defeat – and she cannot command a majority – we effectively have no government.

“It’s time for a change and not just at the head of the Tory party. The Tories should step aside.”

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