Theresa May agrees to set timetable for her departure from Downing Street

Update: Theresa May has agreed to set a timetable for the election of her successor as Tory leader, the chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee has said.

Following a meeting between the British Prime Minister and the 1922 executive at Westminster today, Graham Brady said he would meet her again in early in June to agree the details.

Mr Brady said in a statement “The Prime Minister is determined to secure our departure from the European Union and is devoting her efforts to securing the second reading of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week commencing June 3 2019 and the passage of that Bill and the consequent departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union by the summer.

“We have agreed that she and I will meet following the second reading of the Bill to agree a timetable for the election of a new leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party.”

The statement means that, yet again, Mrs May has resisted calls for her to name the date of her departure from No 10.

Earlier: May holds talks with 1922 Committee amid clamour for her to go

Theresa May has held talks with senior Tories at Westminster amid growing pressure for her to name the date of her departure from No 10.

The British Prime Minister met the executive of the powerful backbench 1922 Committee for around an hour-and-a-half in her room in the House of Commons.

Following the meeting, which lasted longer than expected, members of the 18-strong executive then held further private talks to consider their next steps.

It is expected that they will issue a written statement shortly.

Ahead of the meeting with Mrs May, committee treasurer Geoffrey Clifton-Brown told the Press Association: “It would be infinitely preferable if she set a date rather than us force her out.

“It’s better that she does it than we have a vote of confidence.

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“What I would like to see is her set out a timetable to trigger a leadership contest.”

Members of the executive were thought to have been discussing whether to change the rules for the Tory leadership contest to enable an early challenge.

At present, Mrs May cannot be challenged again as leader until December.

- Press Association

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