Saturday, 19 August 2017

Theresa May becomes Prime Minister

THERESA May is set to take over as Prime Minister tomorrow (Wednesday) following a swift end to the Conservative leadership race

THERESA May is set to take over as Prime Minister tomorrow (Wednesday) following a swift end to the Conservative leadership race.

Mrs May, MP for Maidenhead and currently Home Secretary, had been expecting a lengthy leadership race but rival Andrea Leadsom withdrew on Monday.

Mrs Leadsom’s announcement left Mrs May, the clear frontrunner, as the only candidate remaining.

She said a nine-week leadership campaign at such a "critical time" for the UK would be "highly undesirable", and she gave her backing to Mrs May.

Mrs Leadsom had apologised to Mrs May on Monday after suggesting in a weekend newspaper interview that being a mother made her a better candidate for the job than the home secretary.

She was a South Oxfordshire district councillor from 2003 to 2007 and head of corporate governance and a senior investment officer at Invesco Perpetual, which has its head office in Henley, from 1999 to 2009.

Mr Cameron will tender his resignation to the Queen on Wednesday, leaving Mrs May, appoint her own ministerial team.

Mrs May said she was "honoured and humbled" to be taking over and pledged to make a success of the UK's EU exit.

She has received the support of Henley MP John Howell who said he would be "sticking close to her”.

“I believe she has the ability to bring unity, take the party forward, to win elections and to give the role the credibility and credentials it needs,” he said.

Mr Howell, who joined Mrs May in voting for Britain to remain in the European Union, continued: “With the Prime Minister stepping down the Conservative Party needs to pull back together.

“In order to do so it is my personal view that the next party leader should be someone who has not taken a high profile role in the campaign on either side and can exercise the level of competence we require.

“This is an issue about trust and it is important that they have the trust and respect of their colleagues, party members and, as far as is possible, the general public.”




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