BREAKING | British Prime Minister Theresa May retains leadership

Theresa May has retained her position as Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader following a secret leadership ballot.

Ms May secured a generous 200 votes, which was well above the 158 votes needed to remain as party leader.

The room erupted into loud cheer and applause when Conservative party chairman Graham Brady announced the result.


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“The result of the ballot held this evening is that the Parliamentary Party does have confidence in Theresa May,” Mr Brady announced.

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The confidence vote challenge was triggered on Wednesday.

“The threshold of 15% of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been exceeded,” a statement by Sir Graham Brady read.

“In accordance with the rules, a ballot will be held in committee room 14 of the House of Commons.”

Ms May has announced she will stand down before the next election.

“In my heart I would like to lead the party into the next election, but I accept that won’t happen,” she said.

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