Theresa May will head to Brussels seeking fresh concessions for her Brexit deal after seeing off a bid to oust her as Tory leader. The Prime Minister is to address EU leaders at the two-day European Council after emerging from a confidence vote by Tory MPs victorious last night. Mrs May will travel to the Belgian capital today, still facing the same dilemma she faced before the day of drama in Westminster: how to convince the EU to tweak the Withdrawal Agreement so that it will be passed by Parliament. Speaking outside 10 Downing Street moments after it was announced the majority of the Tory party had confidence in her, Mrs May pledged to seek “legal and political assurances” on the Brexit backstop to allay MPs’ concerns about her deal. She told of her “renewed missions”, saying: “Following this ballot, we now need to get on with the job of delivering Brexit for the British people and building a better future for this country." This must involve … [Read more...] about PM to continue Brexit fight in Brussels after confidence vote victory
Theresa May's victory on Wednesday has protected her leadership from other votes of no confidence for the next twelve months. But with 117 votes against her, and having already promised to quit before the next general election, the Prime Minister still faces significant dangers to her premiership remain in the coming weeks. In the video above, The Telegraph's Asa Bennett looks ahead to what is next for Theresa May. … [Read more...] about What Theresa May’s confidence vote victory means
PUBLISHED: 22:14 12 December 2018 | UPDATED: 22:15 12 December 2018 Richard Porritt Prime minister Theresa May won the confidence vote gaining the backing of 200 MPs Photo: PA / Victoria Jones PA Wire/PA Images Theresa May has silenced the hard Brexit wing of the Conservative party after seeing off a challenge to oust her from Number 10. Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has told Theresa May she should consider her position after 117 MPs voted against her Photo: PA / David MirzoeffDuring a night of high drama in Westminster the prime minister was backed by her MPs gaining a total of 200 votes. She can now not be challenged again as leader for 12 months.But 117 MPs voted against the PM – a much greater number than predicted prior to the announcement. All of our region’s Tory MPs are thought to have voted in favour of the prime minister although the ballot will remain secret.Mid Norfolk MP and Mr May’s former policy advisor George Freeman … [Read more...] about Theresa May wins hollow victory
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Dec. 12, 2018 / 8:28 PM GMT By Hannah Coulter WASHINGTON — For gun control advocates, the 2018 midterm elections were largely a success. They defeated at least 15 House Republicans with “A” National Rifle Association ratings, unseating them with Democrats holding an “F,” the Wall Street Journal reported. They outspent the NRA and pro-gun rights groups for the first time, $10 million to $8 million, per data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. And they had voter sentiment on their side — 59 percent of all voters in the election said they supported stricter gun measures, according to the national exit poll. It wasn't all good news for these groups, however, as candidates in favor of fewer restrictions on guns won key Senate and gubernatorial contests in purple and red states. And gun control … [Read more...] about Gun control advocates won plenty of victories in 2018. What will 2020 bring?
Katie Zezima, The Washington Post Published 10:09 am PST, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 The gun-control group Everytown claims that 2018 has been one of the most successful years ever for the movement, with candidates who ran as advocates of gun control winning midterm elections, gun safety legislation passing in statehouses and victories in court cases. In its annual year-in-review memo, Everytown said that 150 of the 196 candidates endorsed by its political arm, the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, in the midterm elections won seats. They include places where gun control has not typically been a galvanizing issue, such as Kansas and Nevada, where Democrats Laura Kelly and Steve Sisolak were elected governors. Democrat Lucy McBath, whose son was killed in a dispute over loud music at a Florida gas station, won a seat in Georgia's 6th Congressional District. "I think this was the year of gun safety and I think what's so noteworthy is that Americans have now realized … [Read more...] about Gun-control group claims victory at ballot box, in statehouses