Andrea Leadsom pulls out of British PM race

By: | Updated: July 11, 2016 6:12 PM

Britain's energy minister Andrea Leadsom today abruptly pulled out of the race to be the Conservative Party leader and the next UK Prime Minister.

Energy minister Andrea Leadsom abruptly withdrew from the contest to succeed David Cameron as Britain's prime minister on Monday. (Reuters)Energy minister Andrea Leadsom abruptly withdrew from the contest to succeed David Cameron as Britain’s prime minister on Monday. (Reuters)

Britain’s energy minister Andrea Leadsom today abruptly pulled out of the race to be the Conservative Party leader and the next UK Prime Minister.

Leadsom, a member of Parliament from South Northamptonshire, was in contest with Home Secretary Theresa May to succeed David Cameron as the PM.

In an apparent dig at her childless rival, Leadsom was earlier in the news for suggesting she was most suited for the PM’s post she was a mother.

The comment was published in a news paper interview on Saturday, and it casued an uproar and harsh criticism from supporters of May.

However, on Monday she apologised for her statement .

“I’ve already said to Theresa how very sorry I am for any hurt caused and how that article said completely the opposite of what I said and believe,” Reuters quoted her saying to a British newspaper.

Leadsom became a prominent figure in the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union.

On Monday, while quitting out of the race of PM, Leadsom also said that Theresa May was best placed to negotiate the Brexit talks.

“Strong leadership is needed urgently to begin the work of withdrawing from the European Union,” Reuters quoted Leadsom as saying.

“I have … 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 success. I assure her of my full support.”

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A BBC report said that Cameron’s successor could now be in place “much earlier than 9 September” – when the contest was due to finish.

Meanwhile, social media was flooded with the reactions of Leadsom’s supporters as well as critics as soon as the news of her decision went out.

 

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