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Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk MPs call for unity after Theresa May survives confidence vote

Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill has said Parliament ‘needs to think very carefully about the national interest’ after Theresa May survived a confidence vote.

The Prime Minister won Wednesday’s ballot by 200 votes to 117, which was triggered by MPs angry at her Brexit deal.

Mrs Churchill, an assistant whip, said it was a ‘good’ result as she secured more votes than when she was elected the Conservative Party’s leader.

Jo Churchill, Bury St Edmunds MP
Jo Churchill, Bury St Edmunds MP

She said: “This was 63 per cent. If their narrative is 52 per cent means we deliver Brexit, 63 per cent assures us the PM carries on with the job which is respecting the referendum.”

Asked how Mrs May’s deal will be accepted by Parliament, Mrs Churchill said: “She’s back in Europe, she’s in listening mode. It’s very hard to criticise the Prime Minister for doing what the House asked which was to look at this problem of the (Irish) backstop.

“What Parliamentarians need to do is to think very carefully about the national interest when the PM has spoken to Parliament about what adjustments can be made.

"It’s time we all come together to ensure we can come together as a country.”

Matt Hancock (5999784)
Matt Hancock (5999784)

Matt Hancock, West Suffolk MP and health secretary, said: "I welcome that the Prime Minister has the support of the party.

"She is a woman of great integrity, and has been a resilient Prime Minister at the helm at a very difficult time.

"A leadership election now would be wrong, and would put our country’s future at risk when we should be pulling together for the sake of the national interest."

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