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East MPs indicate whether they will back Theresa May in vote of confidence

Brandon Lewis (centre) has said he will vote for Theresa May, but Bernard Jenkin (right) has said that he won't. Credit: PA

MPs from across the East have started to indicate whether they will support the Prime Minister in tonight's vote of confidence in her leadership.

Theresa May will face a vote of no confidence from Conservative MPs after the threshold of letters needed to trigger a contest was exceeded.

The vote will be held between 6pm and 8pm on Wednesday evening in the House of Commons, and if Mrs May does not win the vote then there would then be a Conservative leadership contest in which she wouldn't be able to stand.

However, if she wins, she then couldn't be challenged for at least another year.

Members of her cabinet, including Health Secretary and West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock, have already tweeted that they will be giving her their full backing, as has Great Yarmouth MP and Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis.

However, Harwich & North Essex MP Bernard Jenkin has said that he will be voting against Mrs May, while Rochford & Southend MP James Duddridge says she has lost her authority.

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