North Devon and Torridge’s MPs have given their support to Theresa May ahead of a vote on her leadership this evening (Wednesday).

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North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones said the Prime Minister had his 'full support' following the news that the threshold of no confidence letters required from Conservative MPs to trigger a leadership vote had been reached.

Torridge and West Devon MP and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said there was 'no time for the self indulgent spasm' of a leadership election.

Mr Heaton-Jones said in a tweet: "Theresa May has my full support. To change our leader and Prime Minister at this crucial time would be wrong for the party and, more importantly, for the country.

"Yes, I am loyal, and I wear that badge with pride."

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox sets out the legal advice to MPs in the House of Commons. Picture: PA WireAttorney General Geoffrey Cox sets out the legal advice to MPs in the House of Commons. Picture: PA Wire

A tweet from Mr Cox said: "I shall be supporting the Prime Minister this evening. This is no time for the self indulgent spasm of a leadership election. Nothing fundamental will be altered by it.

"This is a time to show loyalty and discipline in supporting the PM in discharging the duties of government."

The vote will take place between 6pm and 8pm on Wednesday, with the result announced soon afterwards.

Mrs May needs to secure the votes of 158 MPs - half the parliamentary party plus one - to remain as Conservative leader, though a vote of 100 or more against her will raise questions about whether she can continue.

If she wins, another challenge cannot be mounted against her position as Tory leader for a year.