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MP welcomes win for Prime Minister in crucial ballot

MP Nick Gibb has urged his fellow Conservatives to unite behind the Prime Minister.

 

Mr Gibb, who represents Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, backed Theresa May in Wednesday evening’s criticial contest to decide the leadership of the party.

 

Mrs May won by 200-117 votes among her MPs to give her sufficient backing to continue to lead the Conservatives and the government as Britain’s exit from the EU comes closer.

 

Mr Gibb, who is also the government’s schools minister, said after the ballot to decide if Mrs May had the confidence of her MPs: “I am delighted by the overwhelming support for the Prime Minister in last night’s vote.

 

“The Prime Minister has the clear backing of Conservative MPs as she seeks new assurances from the EU.

 

“It’s now time for MPs to get behind her and support her in delivering a Brexit that ensures control of our laws, money and borders.”

 

Mr Gibb made clear his support for Mrs May in the hours which led up to the voting in the Commons.

 

He described her as the best person to get further concessions from Brussels during the final three months of talks about Britain leaving the EU.

 

As a ‘strong and determined leader’, she deserved the backing of Conservative MPs at such a challenging time for the country, he added.

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