Theresa May no-confidence vote: Prime Minister should step down says Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd

Prime Minister Theresa May canvassing in Eastbourne on May 4 last year, photo by Mark Dimmock
Prime Minister Theresa May canvassing in Eastbourne on May 4 last year, photo by Mark Dimmock

Eastbourne’s MP has called the situation in Parliament a ‘shambles’ ahead of Prime Minister Theresa May facing a no-confidence vote today (December 12).

The PM, who cancelled the vote on her Brexit deal yesterday (December 11), is facing a vote of no-confidence in her leadership at 6pm this evening.

Stephen Lloyd speaking in the House of Commons

Stephen Lloyd speaking in the House of Commons

Reacting to the situation, Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Stephen Lloyd said, “It’s a complete shambles in Parliament at the minute and in my view if Theresa May wants to leave the stage with any dignity, she needs to hand over quickly, even if she wins the leadership contest, to a more emollient cabinet member.”

He said a ‘normally loyal’ Tory backbencher had told him the Prime Minister is ‘finished’.

If Mrs May doesn’t step down, he said, “I think the broadly sympathetic view that many of the public feel toward her as she’s tried to get her Brexit deal though Parliament, will disappear fast.

“She’ll be seen as just another venal politician putting her own interests and ambitions above the needs of our nation.

“It’s because after pulling the withdrawal vote on Tuesday followed by the utterly humiliating 24 hours afterwards, it’s clear that any deal she brought back would fail in Parliament – if Theresa May was selling it.

“If she does not, and the whole sorry affair turns into nothing but a giant, self absorbed Tory free-for-all whilst the UK swings in the wind, then heaven help us all...”

This comes after Mr Lloyd resigned the Lib Dem party whip last week so he could vote for Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

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