British PM Theresa May wins confidence vote in Parliament

| Updated: Jun 30, 2017 12:17 IST

London [U.K.], June 30 (ANI): Theresa May has been finally confirmed as the British Prime Minister, almost three weeks after the election, as she won a Commons vote on the Queen's Speech, owing to her stand on the abortion regulations which earlier threatened to bring down her Government. The Tory leader avoided a major upset when she announced that they would fund abortions for Northern Irish women. 322 MPs voted in favour of her agenda, with 309 voting against, with Jeremy Corbyn failing to win support for an anti-austerity motion. There was another boost for the Tories when dozens of Labour MPs rebelled against Jeremy Corbyn's Brexit stance to support a motion keeping Britain in the single market. The vote on the Queen's Speech is considered a vote of confidence on the Government as a whole - meaning that the PM would have had to quit if she lost. Despite the Tories losing their majority in the General Election on June 8, the party said it was confident of being able to stay in the Government. Later, May struck a deal with the DUP, that she actually could be sure of commanding the support of a majority in the Commons. (ANI)