UK politics

Tory whips had already planned to reinstate Charlie Elphicke before confidence vote

13 December 2018 16:31

MPs have been expressing their fury today that the vote of no confidence in Theresa May allowed two suspended Tories…

Theresa May’s Brexit aim is no longer Mission Impossible

13 December 2018 12:27

Politics is all about words, which only sometimes mean what they seem to say. So if you took what the…

Theresa May has won but at the price of boxing herself in

13 December 2018 7:28

Theresa May’s victory in the 1922 committee confidence vote is one of those boxing matches that leaves both sides preparing…

Victory? No, yesterday’s result weakens May’s authority still further

12 December 2018 22:22

Theresa May has survived the vote, but her authority is weakened still further. More than a third of Tory MPs…

Watch: Anna Soubry rows with fellow Tory MP

12 December 2018 21:50

Theresa May has survived a vote of confidence but the Tory party is not a happy place. Anna Soubry and…

Watch: Jacob Rees-Mogg calls on Theresa May to go

12 December 2018 21:18

Theresa May has survived the vote of confidence in her leadership, but Jacob Rees-Mogg has insisted the Prime Minister should…

After a day of high drama, nothing has changed

12 December 2018 21:16

Even before the result of the Tory no confidence vote was announced, the mood in Committee Room 14 was rather…

The full list of Tory MPs backing Theresa May

12 December 2018 19:54

With just a few moments to go until voting closes, 181 Tory MPs have publicly backed Theresa May in the…

Corbyn plays into May’s hands at PMQs

12 December 2018 15:54

Bad 24 hours for Mrs May. A last-minute Christmas shopping-trip to Europe yielded no bargains whatever, even though she had…

Why Theresa May must go

12 December 2018 14:31

Theresa May has got to go. She has got to go because she has failed British democracy, failed the British…

Four points for Tory MPs to consider before voting tonight

12 December 2018 14:25

If I were a Tory MP, I would be worried by the timing of this vote, but, given that it is…

Heavy-handed rebel operation in no confidence vote deters Tory MPs

12 December 2018 14:20

One of the factors driving wavering Tory MPs towards saying they will vote for Theresa May tonight is the way…

Is business really that bothered by the prospect of May’s departure?

12 December 2018 13:25

The world of business is, apparently, appalled by the actions of the 48 or more Conservative MPs who have triggered…

How the Brexiteer rebels’ gamble could backfire

12 December 2018 13:20

As things stand, the number of MPs who have come out publicly to say they will back Theresa May in…

Number 10: Confidence vote is not about who leads the Tories into the next election

12 December 2018 13:15

Theresa May doesn’t see today’s vote of no confidence as being about who will lead the Conservative party into the…

Ditching Theresa May achieves nothing

12 December 2018 11:32

Theresa May has failed. That is no longer in doubt. Nor is there any prospect of resurrection. Her credibility within…

How the Tory vote of no confidence in Theresa May will work

12 December 2018 11:26

Two Tory MPs who are currently suspended from the party whip could be brought back in order to take part…

Watch: Tory MPs refuse to talk on TV

12 December 2018 11:24

It’s all out war in the Conservative party today, and as you would expect, things are already getting a little…

How No. 10’s shredded credibility could make today’s vote much closer

12 December 2018 10:08

One of the factors that led to the triggering of a no confidence vote and that will play a huge…

Theresa May delivers a message of defiance to her Tory critics

12 December 2018 9:35

Theresa May has just given a defiant speech outside Downing Street in which she promised to ‘contest’ the confidence vote…

The next Tory leader: runners and riders

12 December 2018 8:42

It’s official, 48 letters of no confidence have been submitted to the chairman of the 1922 committee, Graham Brady, triggering…

Tory MPs talk up a swift Christmas leadership contest

12 December 2018 8:29

Theresa May will tonight face a confidence vote by her MPs. Conservative MPs will vote on her fate early evening…

To survive now, Theresa May could have to promise to resign later

12 December 2018 7:54

The signatures are now in. Theresa May will have to ask whether her best chance of survival comes in promising…

Breaking: Leadership contest against Theresa May triggered

12 December 2018 7:46

In the last few moments it has been confirmed that a leadership contest against Theresa May has been triggered. The…

Mounting speculation that the 48 letters are in

11 December 2018 21:58

The talk in Tory circles this evening is that the 48 letters are in. Two putative leadership campaigns are saying…