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Theresa May leadership vote same time as Conservative Christmas party

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May faces a vote of no confidence in her leadership at 6 p.m. (GMT) on Wednesday evening, but at the same time her Conservative Party staff will be having their Christmas party just down the road.

48 MPs from May’s own party have submitted letters of no confidence in her, meaning they are unhappy with her as the party’s leader, and triggering a vote in London on her leadership.

The vote will run for two hours from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. before the votes are counted.

But while May’s fate is determined — she needs 159 votes to survive — the Conservative Party HQ will go ahead with their annual Christmas party, according to the New Statesman’s deputy editor George Eaton in London.

The Conservative Party Campaign headquarters is located on Matthew Parker Street, London, just a seven-minute walk from the House of Commons inside the Palace of Westminster.

Though the HQ is so close to parliament, it is not known if the party will be held there.

One Twitter user joked that he could bet on 48 people not attending the party, indicating those MPs who had written letters of no confidence in the Prime Minister.

Half of Conservative MPs have publicly declared their intention to support in favour of Theresa May’s leadership tonight. 159 or more would mean victory for the prime minister.

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