Rachel said: “Now is not the time for a leadership challenge. This might be an interesting spectacle for Westminster bubble watchers, but I can hear the collective sigh of my constituents wondering what on Earth is going on.

“We will not be forgiven for this act of self-indulgence at a critical moment in our country’s history.

“Tonight, I will be supporting the Prime Minister. I believe wholeheartedly that she has acted in the national interest since the first day she became Prime Minister.

“We need to get on and deliver the Brexit 62% of my constituents voted for. Changing leader now is the wrong thing to do and creates the real risk we end up with no Brexit.”