As Theresa May is set to face a vote of confidence tonight, a Sky News analysis has revealed that at least 152 Conservative MPs have publicly expressed their support for the Prime Minister.
Supportive pledge watch: Now up to 127 MPs https://t.co/hZuWX5JxHK
— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) December 12, 2018
Among them are Sajid Javid, Michael Gove, and the foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt:
I will support the Prime Minister @theresa_may tonight. This is a totally inappropriate time to have a contest. The country expects us to provide stability not damaging division.
— Dr Liam Fox MP #StayAlert (@LiamFox) December 12, 2018
My sincere request to colleagues: BREXIT IS NOT GUARANTEED and the British people will not forgive us if we fail to deliver it. All those who want to stop it are praying for a Conservative leadership contest. So don’t take the risk and back @theresa_may tonight
— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) December 12, 2018
For the sake of country, Government and Party I urge all my fellow Conservative MPs to vote for Theresa May this evening. Changing the PM at this critical moment in history would be a massive mistake. Stick with her and let’s see it through!
— Sir Alan Duncan (@SirAlanDuncan) December 12, 2018
The last thing our country needs right now is a Conservative Party leadership election. Will be seen as self-indulgent and wrong. PM has my full support and is best person to ensure we leave EU on 29 March
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) December 12, 2018
The Prime Minister has worked hard in the National interest since the day she took office and will have my full support in the vote tonight. Her deal means we leave the EU on time, whist protecting our jobs and our businesses.
— Philip Hammond (@PhilipHammondUK) December 12, 2018
Utterly dismayed at the sheer indulgence being shown by some of my parliamentary colleagues at this time of National crisis. Quite why they think a change in leader is the right course of action is beyond me.
— Heidi Allen (@heidiallen75) December 12, 2018
The PM has my full support. At this critical time we need to support and work with the PM to deliver on leaving the EU, & our domestic agenda – ambitious for improvements to people’s lives & to build on growth of wages & jobs.
— Amber Rudd (@AmberRuddUK) December 12, 2018
When asked if the PM winning tonight’s confidence vote by just one vote will be enough for her to remain in 10 Downing Street, Chancellor Philip Hammond told media: “Well one vote clearly is enough – in any election competition that’s first past the post.
“But I’m very clear that the Prime Minister will have the support of the great majority of parliamentary colleagues and I think what this vote today will do is flush out the extremists who are trying to advance a particular agenda which would really not be in the interests of the British people or the British economy.
“Leaving the European Union without a deal would be bad for Britain.”