MPs in our region have been giving their reaction to the news that 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 across our region have been tweeting their reaction to the news on social media.
Eastleigh MP Mims Davies has tweeted 'today is a very sad day for our party'.
She said 'divided parties can't win' and says she still strongly believes the House of Commons must deliver Brexit':
Today is a very sad day for our party.Truly disappointed we are in this position. Divided party’s can’t win & divided Country’s cannot succeed either. Still strongly believe HOC must deliver Brexit. So we come together to ALL shape our future. Good days & togetherness will follow— MimsDaviesMP (@mimsdavies) May 24, 2019
Dignity, emotion & huge commitment today shown again by PM. It is to fully recognised-simply nobody could have tried harder to listen & try to us find common ground to move forward with. Public service runs deeply through her & it simply cannot be faulted Thank you @theresa_may https://t.co/bmbkhH0SWi— MimsDaviesMP (@mimsdavies) May 24, 2019
The MP for Romsey and Southampton North, Caroline Nokes, says she's sad to see Mrs May resign.
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.— Caroline Nokes (@carolinenokes) May 24, 2019
North Dorset MP Simon Hoare has described Theresa May's statement as 'dignified' - he's given his reaction in a series of tweets:
A hugely dignified statement from @theresa_may she has indeed “done her best”; I fear it’s colleagues who let her down. Compromise is indeed not a “dirty word”. Thank you Prime Minister for your duty, service & devotion. I understand your decision, support it but am saddened too— Simon Hoare MP (@Simon4NDorset) May 24, 2019