Theresa May will not lead Conservatives into next general election

Theresa May has told Conservative MPs she will not lead the party into the next general election.

The promise came as the Prime Minister fought to retain her place as Tory leader ahead of a confidence vote of MPs.

Mrs May addressed Conservative MPs at a meeting of the backbench 1922 Committee moments before the crucial vote began at 6pm.

Conservative MPs in a meeting addressed by Theresa May in Committee Room 14 of the Houses of Parliament (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Afterwards, Cabinet minister Amber Rudd told reporters: "She's made the commitment that I think is what people wanted, but she was very clear that she wont be taking the general election in 2022."

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