Peterborough by-election: Brexit Party loses to Labour in tight race

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The candidates will then be whittled down by a series of votes: In the first vote, candidates will need the backing of more than 16 conservative lawmakers to move forward.

Then-Prime Minister David Cameron confirms in his victory speech that there will be an "in/out" referendum on Britain's European Union membership.

Farage's Brexit Party came close to winning its first seat in Parliament on Friday, narrowly losing to Labour in a special election in the eastern England city of Peterborough.

She held several ministerial posts in various shadow cabinets between 1999 and 2009 and went down in history as the country's longest-serving home secretary after having served in the position from 2010 to 2016.

She will remain in Downing Street as Prime Minister and acting Conservative Party leader during the leadership contest until a successor is chosen.

Her time as leader had been dominated by Brexit, with her party divided over the issue.

The victor of the contest will become the next leader of the party and the country's prime minister.

The contest to replace her has been heating up for weeks, with candidates arguing over the rights and wrongs of a "no-deal" Brexit, Britain's most significant foreign and trade policy shift for more than 40 years.

"Obviously it will be for my colleagues in parliament and members of the Conservative Party to decide now if I should be leader", he said. May will continue to serve as Prime Minister until her successor is elected.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May departs from 10 Downing Street ahead of Prime Ministers Questions session (PMQs) in Parliament, London on May 22, 2019.

Boris Johnson, former foreign secretary and leading Brexiteer, is the favourite among 11 candidates to replace May in the two-phase leadership election.

The timing is very tight, and actually very inconvenient for any Prime Minister now to try and deliver Brexit.

Her team has been eager to shape her legacy beyond the Brexit failure, but she bequeaths to her successor a nation where traditional political identities are being eroded by strong beliefs on whether Britain should leave the European Union, and how it should do so.

None of them have actually said that the United Kingdom is going to ditch the withdrawal bill, start again, try and do a better deal, because that's of course what the Tory Party wants, and they are actually walking away from this aspect of a no deal Brexit, which would be the most beneficial option for the United Kingdom to actually make Brexit mean Brexit.

Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to replace May, said the rise of the Brexit Party could open the door to a Corbyn government.

In a forlorn bid in March to appease the most ardent eurosceptic MPs in her party, May, 62, offered to resign if they finally approved her deal.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said the defeat showed the Tories should be more concerned about Labour, not the Brexit Party. Amber Rudd, a current pensions minister and a Europhile, said, "I think it's outrageous to consider proroguing parliament", citing King Charles I, who shuttered parliament in the 17th century, triggering a civil war.

British PM contender Jeremy Hunt. As members, they are allowed to choose the candidates who will stand in local and parliamentary elections, as well as vote in leadership elections.

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