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Local MPs give their reaction to Theresa May's announcement

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':

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 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:

Reading West MP and Employment Minister Alok Sharma has praised the Prime Minister for her courage and dedication.

South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt, who's currently the Foreign Secretary, has tweeted this message.

It's since been reported Mr Hunt may well be standing in the leadership contest to replace Mrs May. 

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