Tory Leadership: Leadsom quits

Westminster, UK — Andrea Leadsom has pulled out of the Conservative leadership contest following a weekend of close scrutiny and criticism.

The energy minister was recorded by a Times journalist saying that she had a “better stake” in the Britain’s future because she was a mother – unlike competitor, Theresa May. Sources close to Leadsom say that “the abuse has been too great” as a result.

Leadsom faced heavy criticism from both the press and Conservative MPs and denied that the interview had taken place. The Times later released the recording to the public leaving no doubt about what she had said.

The Telegraph reported this morning that Mrs Leadsom had apologized to Home Secretary, Theresa May for her comments. Despite this, the article also suggested to Leadsom had been shaken by the weekend’s events.

Andrea Leadsom showed her support for Theresa May’s campaign saying, “We need a new Prime Minister in place as soon as possible. Theresa May carried over 60 per cent support in the parliamentary party. She is ideally placed to implement Brexit on the best possible terms.”

Today’s events leave Theresa May uncontested in the leadership race and the presumed successor to current Prime Minister, David Cameron. Graham Brady, who is in charge of the contest has said that May will still need to be ‘formally confirmed’ as the leadership contest winner suggesting that this will happen later today.

Graham Brady, who is in charge of the contest, has said that May will still need to be ‘formally confirmed’ as the leadership contest winner suggesting that this will happen later today.

The Daily Mail has reported that May could be installed as Prime Minister within the next few days, according to Westminster sources – almost two months before David Cameron was due to step down.

Theresa May will be the second female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, following Margaret Thatcher who ran the country for eleven years.

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Ava Forbes

Journalism student aspiring to become a political journalist and the co-founder of a media platform, ‘Generation:What?’, that aims to give young people a platform in politics. @Ava_Forbes @Generation_What