Friday, July 8th, 2016

After Thatcher, UK to have another female prime minister

Narada Desk | July 8, 2016 1:27 pm Print
Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom will square off in the battle for the leadership of the Conservative Party

Call it Brexit fallout or not. UK is going to have  another woman prime minister in its history.

When the Conservative party meets to elect the next prime minister there will be only women contenders.

Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom will battle it out to become the next leader of the party and thus the prime minister. Who ever gets elected, will be the second woman to hold the post. Margaret Thatcher was the first  female prime minister of UK

The new  election was necessitated after David Cameron announced his resignation after majority of the people voted for British exit from European Union.

There were five candidates contesting originally to succeed Cameron, but MPs have voted twice to bring the number down to two.

Micheal Gove was eliminated on Thursday’s polling.

Theresa May is the home secretary and Andrea Leadsom is the justice secretary.

The contest now moves to final stage where Conservative Party’s 150,000 strong membership will elect the new leader.

Theresa May was a staunch supporter of the Remain camp, while Leadsom was the vehement critique of European Union and argued for Brexit.

May said she will provide a strong leadership for the UK in its negotiations with European Union.

She said she will work to make Britain as a country that works for every one.

Leadsom is also supported by former London mayor and one-time leadership favourite Boris Johnson, who said she would replace the “absurd gloom in some quarters with a positive confident and optimistic approach”.

The new prime minister  will be responsible for leading Britain’s exit negotiations with the 28-nation EU as well as helping to steady the country’s economy which is shattered after Brexit vote.

Among MPs Theresa May commands lead. But when the grass root members of the Conservative party votes, the contest will be close. Andrea Leadsom is expected to make use of  her Brexit credential in the campaign.