May and Leadsom make shortlist to become UK's next Prime Minister

May and Leadsom make shortlist to become UK's next Prime Minister

May and Leadsom make shortlist to become UK's next Prime Minister

We can now give the party a real choice.

The energy minister said: "I am sure Theresa will be really sad she doesn't have children so I don't want this to be "Andrea has children, Theresa hasn't", because I think that would be really disgusting".

Nearly half of those surveyed said Mrs May should be the next PM, while Andrea Leadsom's support sat on 25%, with a further 28% saying they did not know who to choose.

A string of senior ministers also painted Mrs Leadsom as a threat to security. "But I have children who are going to have children who will directly be a part of what happens next".

Leadsom said she was "absolutely delighted" with the outcome of the vote.

Mrs Leadsom has moved to guarantee their status but Mrs May has said it should be included in Brexit negotiations.

"I hope nobody would think that mattered", she said.

"Recent History has shown us time and time again that political leaders can have misguided views and make serious, misjudgments", said Mrs Platt.

Mrs Leadsom is popular with party members for backing Brexit.

He tweeted: "I'd like to think this is a case of verbal clumsiness, not calculation. If the latter, yuk".

Northumberland Conservative MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan is throwing her support behind Theresa May to be the next Tory leader.

The comments were published as May issued a statement making a "clean campaign pledge" and urging Leadsom to do the same.

Andrea Leadsom
GETTYMrs Leadsom was a star of the Brexit campaign

She said the public was exhausted of "people acting like politics is a game" and vowed to put forward a "positive vision for the future", saying the two of them should also agree not to work with other political parties or their donors.

Pro-EU Mrs May and pro-Brexit Mrs Leadsom will now go head-to-head in a ballot of around 125,000 Conservative members across the country in the next few weeks.

She told The Times: "I'm no UKIP sympathiser".

Mrs Leadsom told The Times: "I'm no Ukip sympathiser, they don't advise me, I don't know them, I've never even met Arron Banks".

Mrs Trevelyan was a vocal campaigner in favour of leaving the EU.

The leadership race is now down to its final two mares in Andrea Leadsom (Minister of Energy) and market favourite Theresa May (Home Secretary).

May came out ahead with 199 votes.

The victor of the final two will be announced on 9 September.

The vote will see Britain's second woman PM after Margaret Thatcher installed on September 9. Votes will be counted electronically. But the spectres of Conservative leadership contenders who started out well, but later came a cropper like Mr Davis and Michael Portillo, loom in the background.

"Qualifying party members" of more than three months' standing can vote.

Hustings to be organised across the UK.

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