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Three Tory MPs join Labour breakaway group

Image copyright PA Image caption Heidi Allen, Sarah Wollaston and Anna Soubry Three Tory MPs have resigned from party over its “shift to the right”. Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen wrote a joint letter to Theresa May to confirm their departure. The pro-Remain trio will join the new Independent Group – made up of eight Labour MPs who resigned from their party over its handling of Brexit and anti-Semitism. In the letter, they said the party was “in the grip” of the DUP and the European Research Group…

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Brexit: Theresa May urges Tory MPs to unite and back deal

Image copyright PA Theresa May has urged Conservative MPs to put aside “personal preferences” and support a Brexit deal in the Commons. In a letter to all 317 Tory members of Parliament, the prime minister said “history will judge us all” over the handling of Brexit. It comes after the government suffered a defeat in a vote on its strategy. Mrs May says in the letter she will return to Brussels to meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker next week. She will also speak to the leaders of every EU…

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Kate Bush: ‘I’m not a Tory supporter’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The star rarely makes public statements Kate Bush has written a statement to clarify she does not support the Conservative party, two years after praising Theresa May in an interview. The star was speaking to Canadian website Macleans in 2016 when she was asked about Hilary Clinton and “the fear of women’s power”. In response, she said it was “great to have a woman in charge” of the UK. “I think it’s the best thing that’s happened to us in a long time,” she said…

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Boris Johnson ‘cleared of breaking Tory rules’ over burka comments

Image copyright PA Boris Johnson is understood to have been cleared of breaking the Tories’ code of conduct with comments he made about women wearing burkas. He had written that they looked liked “letter boxes” or “bank robbers” in a Telegraph column in which he argued against a ban on full-face veils. It prompted dozens of complaints but it is understood an independent panel said he had been “respectful and tolerant”. Tory chairman Brandon Lewis and Theresa May had called on him to apologise. Responding to the news, the Muslim…

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How Tory MPs say they will vote in no confidence vote

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May is fighting for her political future, as Conservative MPs vote on whether to remove her as party leader. Many have already publicly said which way they plan to vote. The ballot is secret, however, so an MP’s public declaration might not match up to their mark on the ballot paper. Voting began at 18:00 GMT, with results announced not long after voting closes at 20:00 GMT. Mrs May needs to secure 159 votes – half the parliamentary party plus one – to remain as…

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Tory leadership: Who could replace Theresa May if she goes?

Theresa May faces a vote of no confidence in her leadership on Wednesday evening, after the required 48 letters calling for a contest were submitted. If she fails to get a majority in the secret ballot there will be a leadership race to replace her. Here – based on the latest odds at the bookmakers – are the fancied runners. None have so far declared their intention to stand. Boris Johnson Image copyright Getty Images Boris Johnson, 54, was the face of the campaign to get Britain out of the…

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Newspaper headlines: PM in jeopardy as Tory MPs mutiny

Newspaper headlines: PM in jeopardy as Tory MPs mutiny By BBC News Staff Image caption The Guardian documents Theresa May’s whistle-stop tour of European leaders on Tuesday, but claims her grip of power is “slipping”. The paper reports on a “hastily-scheduled cabinet meeting” set for Wednesday morning where ministers will see “quite an alarming no-deal paper”, according to a source. But fevered speculation as to whether there are enough letters to trigger a no confidence vote continues. Image caption The Times believes Tories are preparing to deliver a ‘fatal blow’…

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Pressure mounting on Theresa May from Tory MPs

Image copyright PA Tory Brexiteers have told the BBC they are increasingly confident they will have enough support to trigger a no-confidence vote in Theresa May. However, there is no official confirmation that the threshold of 48 letters from Tory MPs has been reached. Several sources, including a cabinet minister, have told the BBC they believe 48 letters have been submitted. The BBC has also been told that senior backbencher Sir Graham Brady has asked to see the PM on Wednesday. Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the backbench 1922…

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Brexit: Senior Tory suggests vote could be delayed

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNewsnight: Sir Graham Brady ‘would welcome’ Brexit vote being deferred A senior Tory MP says he would welcome a delay in next week’s Commons Brexit vote, if it would help address concerns over the controversial backstop. But Tory backbench chairman Sir Graham Brady said getting “clarity” on the issue was more important than “timing”. It comes after reports that Theresa May was being urged to postpone the vote, which she is widely expected to lose. Dismissing those reports, a No 10 spokesman…

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