Theresa May to become Next female UK prime minister , Andrea Leadsom resigns May to put UK Government at the service of ordinary working people
Theresa May launching campaign this morning in Birmingham.
Home Secretary Theresa May pledged on Monday to put government at the service of "ordinary working people" to forge an economy that helps everyone if elected Britain's next prime minister next month.
May, who campaigned for Britain to remain in the European Union in last month's referendum, told supporters and journalists at the official launch of her campaign that she would respect the decision to leave the bloc.
"Brexit means Brexit," she said, adding the vote showed the depth of a desire for change.
Also in the news Laura Kunsberg a political editor at the BBC tweeted sources close to her have announced Andrea Leadsom will be standing after making a speech at 12 15 noon today.
Source tells me Leadsom to pull out at 12 - not confirmed— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) July 11, 2016
— Laura Kuenssberg @bbclaurak goes onto to say in detail why Andrea Leadsom stepped aside for Theresa May
confirmation came at just after noon, that with Leadsom reading out a statement officially withdrawing from PM bid
"The best interests of our country inspired me to stand for the leadership, I believe that in leaving the EU a bright future awaits where all our people can share in a new prosperity, freedom and democracy. The referendum result demonstrated a clear desire for change, strong leadership is needed urgently to begin the work of withdrawing from the EU
"A nine week leadership campaign art such a critical moment for our country is highly undesirable – business needs certainty. A strong and unified government must move quickly to set out what an independent UK’s framework for business looks like. It is also essential that current EU workers in the UK and businesses that employ them know where they stand.
"The Conservative party was elected only last year with a strong manifesto, we now need a new prime minister in place as soon as possible, committed to fulfilling that manifesto as well as implementing the clear instruction from the referendum.
"Theresa May carries over 60% of support from the parliamentary party, she is ideally placed to implement Brexit on the best possible terms for the British people and she has promised she will do so.
"For me personally to have won the support of 84 of my colleagues last Thursday was a great expression of confidence for which I am incredibly grateful. Nevertheless this is less than 25% of the parliamentary party and after careful consideration I do not believe this is sufficient support to win a strong and stable government should I win the leadership election
"I have however concluded that the interests of our country are best served by the immediate appointment of a strong and well-supported Prime Minister – I am therefore withdrawing from the leadership election and I wish Theresa May the very greatest of success. I assure her of my full support."
The announcement comes after a nine-week leadership campaign to succeed David Cameron, and moments before her leadership rival Mrs May launched her national campaign with a speech in Birmingham.
Mrs May presented herself as the candidate of unity and experience, with the backing of an “overwhelming” majority of Tory MPs at Westminster
Leadsom Motherhood Row
The comments , made in an interview with The Times, have sparked a backlash
Leadsom said she was "disgusted" and accused the newspaper of "gutter journalism"
The Times has defended its story, releasing an audio recording and transcript below.
A Tory backbencher told said that Leadsom should withdraw from leadership race
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Leadsom's 'personal criticism' was 'unfair and wrong'
Leadsom said she has apologised to Theresa May
May to become Britain's first Woman Primeminster since Magaret Thatcher
May, 59, was left as the only candidate to succeed David Cameron, who announced he was stepping down after Britons voted last month to leave the European Union. Britain's planned withdrawal has weakened the 28-nation bloc and created huge uncertainty over trade and investment.
May and energy minister Andrea Leadsom had been due to contest a ballot of around 150,000 Conservative party members, with the result to be declared by Sept. 9. But Leadsom unexpectedly withdrew on Monday, opening the way for May to take over much sooner.
Her victory means that the complex process of extricating Britain from the EU will be led by someone who favored a vote to Remain in last month's membership referendum.
Leadsom, 53, has never served in cabinet and was barely known to the British public until she emerged as a prominent voice in the successful Leave campaign.
She had been strongly criticized over a newspaper interview in which she appeared to suggest that being a mother meant she had more of a stake in the country's future than May, who has no children. Some Conservatives said they were disgusted by the remarks, for which Leadsom later apologized, while others said they showed naivety and a lack of judgment.
Graham Brady, head of the Conservative party committee in charge of the leadership contest, said there were still constitutional procedures to be observed before her appointment could be confirmed, but he aimed to make a confirmation announcement as soon as possible.
"We're not discussing coronations, we're discussing a proper procedural process which should conclude very soon," he told reporters.
The pound, which has hit 31-year lows since the June 23 referendum vote on concern about potential damage to the British economy, bounced briefly on the prospect that the Conservative leadership question would be resolved much sooner than expected.
It later surrendered its gains, and by 1243 GMT (8:43 a.m. EDT) was trading down 0.1 percent at around $1.2938, far below the $1.50 it had touched on the night of the referendum.
FORGING NEW ROLE
In a speech earlier on Monday in the central city of Birmingham, May set out her vision for the economy, calling for "a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few".
In a pitch for the political center, she said she would prioritize more house-building, a crackdown on tax evasion by individuals and companies, lower energy costs and a narrowing of the 'unhealthy' gap between the pay of employees and corporate bosses.
paying respect to both ,Andrea Leadsom and David Cameron
Her ally Chris Grayling said she was returning to London and would make a statement later on Monday.
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