Theresa May Wins First Confidence Vote, MPs in favour of Queen's Speech

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Theresa May on Thursday won her first confidence vote by a narrow margin in the House of Commons on her parliamentary agenda set out in the Queen's Speech, her first major test as the prime minister of a minority government in the UK. The MPs voted in favour of the Queen's Speech by 323 votes to 309 with a majority of 14.

May was expected to sail through with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) voting with the Conservatives as part of a "confidence and supply" arrangement after the Tories lost their overall majority in the 8 June snap general election.

Votes on the Queen's Speech establish whether a government commands the confidence of the House of Commons. If the Conservatives were to lose, it could trigger another general election and therefore the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) support was crucial to ensure the vote goes through.

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