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Lame duck

Theresa May survives a confidence vote, but what next for the prime minister and higher education?

After a day of drama at Westminster, Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative MPs, announced that Theresa May had won a confidence vote by 200 to 117. The prime minister’s supporters hailed it is a great victory, and May cannot now be challenged for the leadership of the Tory party for another 12 months.

In reality, the past 24 hours have been a disaster for the ruling party. She had hoped to be taking satisfaction in passing her Brexit deal through the Commons, instead May was fighting for her political life yesterday, and survival came at a considerable cost.

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