Theresa May to be next British PM as Andrea Leadsom quits race

The decks were cleared for home secretary Theresa May to take over as Britain’s next prime minister after energy minister Andrea Leadsom withdrew from the race on Monday following a row over her reported comments about May’s childlessness.
May and Leadsom were short-listed for election as the next Conservative leader and prime minister following two rounds of voting by party MPs last week.
The winner was to be decided by party members and announced on 9 September.
But taken aback by much abuse over the weekend after The Times quoted her as saying that she was a better candidate for prime ministership instead of May because she was a mother while May did not have a child.
Leadsom insisted she was misrepresented but the newspaper released an audio recording of her words.
Appearing outside her London house, Leadom did not refer to the row, but said May was the best person to take over as the party leader and prime minister at a time when Britain needed leadership and the business community, certainty. “We need a new prime minister in place as soon as possible,” she said.

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