Theresa May to face Andrea Leadsom in battle for Conservative Party leadership

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Theresa May to face Andrea Leadsom in battle for Conservative Party leadership

Theresa May will face Andrea Leadsom in the final round of voting to become the new Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister.

The Maidenhead MP and Home Secretary topped the second ballot among Tory MPs today, picking up 199 of the votes cast.

Andrea Leadsom received 84 votes, while third place candidate Michael Gove was knocked out of the running with just 46 votes.

In a speech delivered after the results were announced, Mrs May said: “I’m delighted to have won the support from my colleagues.

“I’ve won votes from Conservatives MPs across the party – from left and right, from Leavers and Remainers, MPs from the length and breadth of the country.

“This shows the party can come together under my leadership and it will.

“I’ve always said there should be a proper contest and now is the time for me and my team to take my case out to the party members in the country.

“And that case is based on three things:

“Because we need proven leadership to negotiate the best deal for leaving the EU, to unite our party and our country and to make Britain a country that works not for the privileged few, but for everyone.

“Those are the things that my colleagues have voted in such numbers for today and I’m confident that those are the things that will win the support of members across the county and of the whole country.”

On Tuesday Mrs May was the most popular candidate in the first round of voting, picking up 165 votes of a possible 329.

The battle to choose David Cameron's successor will run until September 9 when the final result is announced.

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