MPs React to Resignation of Theresa May

MPs have started to respond following the announcement this morning by Theresa May, the Prime Minister, that she will stand down in early June.

Graham Stuart, the Conservative MP for Beverley and Holderness, said:

“The Prime Minister gave a moving speech this morning. She has given everything for the country in the most challenging circumstances. It’s been a pleasure to work for her. Thank you, Theresa May.”

Stephen Crabb, the Conservative MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said:

“Among the public away from SW1 there was genuine good will & sympathy for Theresa May as she wrestled with Brexit. Her successor will face a different public mood. So huge pressure to make early progress but with none of the key variables having changed.”

Caroline Nokes, the Conservative MP for Romsey and Southampton North, said:

“I am obviously sad to see Theresa May resign as Prime Minister, I have served in her Government since 2016 and seen first-hand, how hard she has worked to try to deliver a Brexit which works for everyone. Sadly, despite her tenacity and determination, that has not been possible.”

Stephen Hammond, the Conservative MP for Wimbledon, said:

“A dignified resignation speech from a dignified Prime Minister who deserves praise for always putting this country first.”

Brandon Lewis, the Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth, said:

“We saw a speech this morning by our Prime Minister that highlighted why, for me, she has shown how driven by duty & service she is. I have been honoured to serve in our Government under her Premiership.”

Stephen McPartland, the Conservative MP for Stevenage, said:

“Theresa May is a strong and dignified lady. I am proud the Conservative Party are the only political party to have had a female Prime Minister and delighted we have had two female Prime Ministers. We are the true party of equality and opportunity.”

Jonathan Djanogly, the Conservative MP for Huntingdon, said:

“Sorry to see PM resigning in these circumstances. A determined and brave woman who misread the need for a consensus position- until too late. Her successor must understand this.”

David Rutley, the Conservative MP for Macclesfield, said:

“A very dignified and moving speech by the Prime Minister who has served our country with all her heart and soul. Very grateful for her dedicated public service for the nation.”

Conor Burns, the Conservative MP for Bournemouth West, said:

“The Prime Minister made the right decision this morning and announced it with dignity. We should thank her for her service. Now we must move to elect a new leader who can see opportunities in a good Brexit, restore power sharing in Northern Ireland and refresh our domestic agenda”.

Alun Cairns, the Conservative MP for Vale of Glamorgan, said:

“Dignified and powerful statement from @theresa_may. I have seen at first hand throughout her time as PM her ongoing support and absolute commitment to a prosperous Wales – a true public servant.”