WATCH live as Prime Minister Theresa May delivers an emergency statement outside 10 Downing Street after Conservative MPs requested a vote of confidence in her leadership.
Prime Minister Theresa May faces a vote of no confidence in her leadership between 6pm and 8pm tonight after 48 Tory MPs requested a vote of confidence. Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the party's influential 1922 committee, said the threshold for a vote had been reached. Speaking on the steps of Downing Street the Prime Minister confirmed that she would fight against the vote of confidence in her leadership.
Theresa May said that she will contest the leadership challenge "with everything I've got".
She said: “We must and we shall deliver on the referendum vote and seize the opportunities that lie ahead.”
Mrs May also said that changing Conservative leader would "put our country's future at risk and create uncertainty when we can least afford it" and could lead to Brexit being delayed or prevented.
Chair of the 1922 committee, Sir Graham said: "The threshold of 15 percent of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been exceeded.
"In accordance with the rules, a ballot will be held between 1800 and 2000 on Wednesday 12th December in committee room 14 of the House of Commons. The votes will be counted immediately afterwards and an announcement will be made a soon as possible in the evening.