Andrea Leadsom has pulled out of the conservative leadership contest clearing the way for Theresa May to succeed David Cameron….reports Asian Lite News
In the latest development in the conservative leadership contest for the position of the Prime Minister of the country, the Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom has withdrawn from the race. In reading out a prepared statement, Mrs. Leadsom said she did not believe that she had sufficient support to lead a “strong and stable government”.
She also said a nine-week leadership campaign at such a “critical time” for the UK would be “highly undesirable”. The energy minister said Mrs. May was “ideally placed” to implement Brexit, and wished her the “greatest success”.
There have been speculations from the morning today that the Energy Minister would withdraw following attacks on her remark on Theresa May being childless in a The Times interview.
Mrs Leadsom had apologised to Mrs May on Monday after suggesting in the interview that being a mother made her a better candidate for the job.
Mr Cameron’s successor could now be in place “much earlier than 9 September” – which is when the contest was due to finish. It will be up to the 1922 committee of Conservative MPs to decide on a revised timetable or whether Mrs May should become the leader, uncontested.
Mrs. Leadsom – who was a leading light of the Brexit campaign – made it into the final two, alongside Mrs May – who campaigned for Remain – last week. She had secured the support of 84 MPs – including former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith and Boris Johnson – compared with Mrs May’s 199 votes. Justice Secretary Michael Gove was eliminated after coming third.
Boris Johnson, former Mayor of London commented on the developments saying, `Theresa May will make an excellent party leader and a Prime Minister.
One of the former leadership contender Justice Secretary Michael Gove said that Theresa May has his “full support” as the country’s next prime minister. Gove also praised Andrea Leadsom’s “great dignity and courage” in withdrawing from the Conservative leadership race.
Chris Gayling, campaign manager for Theresa May said that Leadsome’s decision to withdraw from the contest shows that she is a true public servant.
It is expected that Theresa May will make a statement later this day.