London, UK — Justice Secretary, Michael Gove has been eliminated from the Conservative leadership contest leaving Home Secretary, Theresa May and Energy Minister, Andrea Leadsom in the race for the role of Prime Minister.
Following Liam Fox’s elimination from the competition on Tuesday, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Stephen Crabb pulled out of the race after coming fourth in the first round of voting.
In a second round of voting that took place this afternoon, controversial candidate, Michael Gove polled third making the contest a two horse race between favourite, Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom.
May finished today with 199 votes from Conservative MPs, Leadsom with 84 and Gove with 46. Voting will now be opened to the Conservative Party membership with the result set to be announced on September 9th.
With Michael Gove losing today’s ballot, it is now certain that the United Kingdom’s next Prime Minister will be a woman for the second time in the country’s history.
Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1979 and was ousted by her party (The Conservative Party) twelve years later. Though Ms Thatcher was the first woman to hold the position, she remains one of the most controversial Prime Ministers of all time.
Theresa May sided with current Prime Minister, David Cameron during the EU Referendum and campaigned for Remain whereas Andrea Leadsom was a frontrunner in the successful Leave campaign.
The party remains divided on its stance on the European Union though both sides are adamant that Article 50 should be triggered.