Election

Next British prime minister set to be a woman, 25 years after Thatcher

The two remaining candidates in the Conservative party leadership contest, Theresa May (L) and Andrea Leadsom (REUTERS)

Barring some dramatic unforeseen development, the next prime minister of Great Britain will be a woman. Theresa May, the home secretary, and Andrea Leadsom, junior energy minister, have been selected as the candidates for the election to lead Britain’s ruling Conservative Party. Whichever candidate wins the election will also become the country’s next prime minister, meaning that the U.K. will get its second female leader after Margaret Thatcher, who was P.M. from 1979 to 1990. The two women were selected by Tory MPs, in two rounds of voting, and will now be put to a vote to all Conservative Party members. The result is due on September 9.

Theresa May, who was a tepid supporter of the “Remain” campaign, won 199 votes, while Leadsom, who campaigned for “Leave” and was considered an outsider because of her relative inexperience, gained 84 votes, knocking out co-Brexiter, justice secretary Michael Gove, who scored just 46 votes. “I’m delighted to have won so much support from my colleagues. This vote shows the Tory party can come together and unite, and under my leadership it will,” May said. “We need strong, proven leadership to negotiate the best deal for Britain as we leave the European Union, to unite our party and our country, and to make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few but for every one of us.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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