Theresa May returns to Downing Street having delivered her statement. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty Images Theresa May returns to Downing Street having delivered her statement. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May's resignation: as it happened

Prime Minister Theresa May announced this morning that she will resign as leader of the Conservative Party on 7 June. ENDS covered the developments as they unfolded

14:22 Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party, tells the BBC that May was "dealt a terrible hand clearly, but then she proceeded to pour petrol on it and put a match to it.

"She really has not done a good job."

13:51 MPs are beginning to nail their colours to various masts, according to The Spectator. Those coming out in support of Michael Gove include Mel Stride (Central Devon) who was appointed Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons just yesterday, Ed Vaizey (Didcot and Wantage) and Tom Tugendhat (Tonbridge and Malling).

Those wanting Boris Johnson for PM include former defence secretary Gavin Williamson (South Staffs), Johnny Mercer (Plymouth, Moor View), Peter Bone (Wellingborough), Gareth Johnson (Dartford) and Jacob Rees-Mogg (North East Somerset).

13:23 Stephen Phipson, CEO of Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation, says he thinks May "worked hard to secure a pragmatic departure from the EU that protected our world class British manufacturing industry" and welcomed her "focus on a modern industrial strategy". But Phipson wants a solution to the "Brexit dilemma at speed", because any more uncertainty "over Britain’s future trading environment with our most important market risks making an already bad situation worse".

12:54 Will environment secretary Michael Gove enter the leadership contest? For now, he is keeping his cards close to his chest.

12:40 Tory MP Neil Parish, chair of the cross-bench Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, responds to May’s statement.

12:19 Labour MP Mary Creagh, chair of the Commons' environmental audit committee, gives her view on Theresa May's environmental record (spoiler: it's not an altogether positive one):

12:08 Earlier this week, Tory insider Katie Perrier said that Boris Johnson is to make the environment the centre piece of his leadership campaign. Here, ENDS reporter Simon Pickstone checks out Johnson's track record on the environment, and concludes that questions remain over the approach he would take should he be handed the keys to Number 10. 

12:03 Conservative party chairman Brandon Lewis has said that the party's leadership contest will begin in the week starting 10 June with a final vote by the membership expected in mid-July

12:00 Shaun Spiers, the executive director of Green Alliance, says that there was something missing from May’s statement.

11:50 ENDS editor Jamie Carpenter responds to Theresa May's resignation, pointing out that the outcome of the forthcoming leadership contest could have significant ramifications for environmental policy. "It is not difficult to imagine Theresa May’s exit triggering a chain of events that results in the environment slipping way down the government's agenda," he writes. Click here to read the comment piece in full.

11:30 IEMA chief policy adviser Martin Baxter has tweeted five key questions on environmental policy for prospective candidates in the upcoming Tory leadership contest.

1. Will you legislate for a legally-binding UK net-zero carbon emissions target for 2050?

2. Will you introduce an Environment Bill at the start of the next Parliamentary Session which aims to put sustainability at the heart of the UK economy?

3. Will communities be given a greater say in setting priorities for environmental protection and improvement....putting democracy at the heart of environmental decision-making and integrating environmental protection into local economic development?

4. Where do you stand on ongoing alignment with EU environmental standards and protections and will you integrate high-levels of environmental protection into all future trade agreements?

5. Will you commit to maintaining or exceeding the UK’s international aid budget at 0.7% GDP?

11:14 Amy Mount, head of the Greener UK unit at Green Alliance, says that May’s exit means “further foot dragging on the environmental crisis”.

11:09 A change of leadership at the top of the Conservative Party could also see a change at the top at DEFRA. Since becoming environment secretary, Gove has confounded expectations. Is it time to get ready for life after Gove? Read ENDS’ briefing here.

11:06 Environment secretary Michael Gove, who is widely expected to stand in the forthcoming leadership contest, responds on Twitter to Theresa May's announcement.

11:05 Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson is the bookies' favourite to be the next Prime Minister. Here, ENDS takes a look at his track record on environmental issues.

11:00 Theresa May announced this morning that she will resign as leader of the Conservative Party on Friday 7 June. The process to select a new leader will begin the following week.

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