After a tumultuous premiership, Theresa May has finally announced her resignation. She will step down as leader of the Conservative Party on June 7. Here is how Tory MPs have been reacting:
Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, seen as a Brexiteer favourite, tweeted:
— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) May 24, 2019
Boris Johnson, frontrunner in the leadership race, praised the Prime Minister’s ‘stoical service’:
A very dignified statement from @theresa_may. Thank you for your stoical service to our country and the Conservative Party. It is now time to follow her urgings: to come together and deliver Brexit.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) May 24, 2019
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, a potential leadership contender, tweeted:
I want to pay tribute to the PM today. Delivering Brexit was always going to be a huge task, but one she met every day with courage & resolve. NHS will have an extra £20bn thanks to her support, and she leaves the country safer and more secure. A true public servant.
— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) May 24, 2019
This from Andrea Leadsom, who ran against Theresa May in 2016 for leadership of the party and resigned as Leader of the Commons on Wednesday. She is also a contender in the leadership contest.
A very dignified speech by @theresa_may. An illustration of her total commitment to country and duty. She did her utmost, and I wish her all the very best
— Andrea Leadsom MP (@andrealeadsom) May 24, 2019
Rory Stewart, Secretary of State for International Development and one of the most vocal defenders of May’s deal, said:
The Prime Minister has been an immensely dignified public servant – it has been a great honour to work with her and for her – we owe @theresa_may a great debt of gratitude.
— Rory Stewart (@RoryStewartUK) May 24, 2019
Steve Baker, a leading member of the European Research Group:
Very dignified statement from Theresa May, beginning to set out the many things which she has achieved in office.
This is a sad but necessary day. https://t.co/OvbyVu9c5E
— Steve Baker MP (@SteveBakerHW) May 24, 2019
Liz Truss, chief secretary to the Treasury and a potential leadership contender, tweeted:
— Liz Truss (@trussliz) May 24, 2019
Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and seen as a Kingmaker in the upcoming Tory leadership contest, said:
As a Party we must come together to make a success of the next phase of our Party’s great story.
Brexit is a process and compromise is needed to pass a Deal that works for everyone.
We must show we can lead this great country to the strong future that I know we can deliver.
— Amber Rudd MP (@AmberRuddHR) May 24, 2019
Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, had this to say:
‘The Prime Minister has always put country before party and, by announcing her resignation and setting out a plan for an orderly departure, she has shown that commitment again today.
Theresa May knew when she took on the job of Prime Minister that the challenges facing our country were unprecedented.
Her time in office has been characterised by the hard work, resilience, quiet dignity and attention to detail for which she is known.
Above all, by opposing the SNP’s call for an immediate second independence referendum in 2017, the Prime Minister demonstrated her resolute commitment to the Union, and to Scotland’s place in it.
As Britain’s second female Prime Minister, she has been a role model for girls and women across the United Kingdom, showing that there is no glass ceiling to their ambitions.
On behalf of everyone in the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party I would like to thank her for her years of service as an MP, party chairman, Secretary of State, and Prime Minister.
The party will now elect a new leader over the coming weeks.
As leader of the Scottish Conservatives, I want to see candidates show that same level of commitment to Scotland’s place in the Union, an ability to advance our interests at home and abroad and, crucially, demonstrate how they intend to bring our country back together after the divisions sown by two constitutional referenda.’
David Mundell, Secretary of State for Scotland, who was one of the first to demand to see May on Wednesday over her second referendum pledge, says:
‘I am very sorry it has come to this. Nobody could have worked harder, or shown a greater sense of public duty, in delivering the result of the EU referendum than Theresa May. She has my utmost respect for those endeavours, in the most challenging of circumstances, as well as her unswerving commitment to the Union. As Mrs May herself acknowledges, she has, however unfairly, become an impediment to the resolution of Brexit, and was no longer being given a hearing by Parliament. Yesterday’s elections will surely show that delivering Brexit is now more urgent than ever, and that will fall to a new Prime Minister. It’s time to get on with the process of appointing one.’
Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade, tweeted:
.@theresa_may has acted with dignity and honour in pursuit of what she believes to be in the national interest, the hallmark of her time in public life.
— Dr Liam Fox MP (@LiamFox) May 24, 2019
Chief Whip Julian Smith emphasises compromise, like May:
Compromises facing all MPs on Brexit now set in sharp relief, should not be delayed & need to be addressed NOW in the best interests of U.K.
— Julian Smith MP (@JulianSmithUK) May 24, 2019
James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing:
Deeply saddened that @theresa_may has confirmed she is standing down as Prime Minister. Her decency, dignity, commitment to public service & determination to act in the best interests of the country define the character & special person she is. A privilege to work with her. pic.twitter.com/8JxmQsUd0K
— James Brokenshire (@JBrokenshire) May 24, 2019