MPs in our region have been giving their reaction to the news that Maidenhead MP Theresa May will be standing down as leader of the Conservative Party on Friday 7th June.
Mrs May announced the news in a statement outside Downing Street this morning (Friday 24th May).
She said she'd done "everything she can" to try to deliver Brexit.
Mrs May says she'll stay on as Prime Minister while her party picks her replacement.
The announcement followed a meeting between the PM and the man who represents her backbenchers - who've been very critical of her updated Brexit plan.
MPs across Berkshire and Hampshire have been tweeting their reaction to the news on social media.
Newbury MP Richard Benyon has described Mrs May's statement as 'dignified and moving':
What a dignified and moving statement. Whatever happens in coming days and weeks I hope we will remember that quote from Sir Nicholas Winton “Compromise is not a dirty word”. It seems to have eluded us so far. We need it now— Richard Benyon (@RichardBenyonMP) May 24, 2019
East Hampshire MP and Education Secretary Damian Hinds says the Prime Minister has shown an 'incredible commitment to public service'.
He added that the 'fortitude & resilience' Theresa May has shown throughout her premiership is 'a lesson to us all':
The Prime Minister has shown an incredible commitment to public service with a great sense of duty.— Damian Hinds (@DamianHinds) May 24, 2019
The dignity that she has shown today alongside the fortitude & resilience she has shown throughout her premiership is a lesson to us all
The MP for North West Hampshire, Kit Malthouse, has tweeted 'Dignity and duty - the hallmarks of Theresa May'.
He also described her 'determination and grace under fire' as 'remarkable' and thanked her for her service:
Dignity and duty - the hallmarks of Theresa May. Her determination and grace under fire have been remarkable. We salute and thank her for her service. pic.twitter.com/VE9xugrTLv— Kit Malthouse MP (@kitmalthouse) May 24, 2019
Reading West MP and Employment Minister Alok Sharma has praised the Prime Minister for her courage and dedication.
A hugely dignified and moving speech from @theresa_may. Really saddened that her premiership is ending like this - enormous respect for her dedication and resilience— Alok Sharma (@AlokSharma_RDG) May 24, 2019
South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt, who's currently the Foreign Secretary, has tweeted this message.
I want to pay tribute to the PM today. Delivering Brexit was always going to be a huge task, but one she met every day with courage & resolve. NHS will have an extra £20bn thanks to her support, and she leaves the country safer and more secure. A true public servant.— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) May 24, 2019