Next UK prime minister will be a woman

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Theresa May (pictured) won a landslide victory in the final ballot of Tory MPs tonight.Photo: Daily Mail of London

Theresa May (pictured) won a landslide victory in the final ballot of Tory MPs tonight.Photo: Daily Mail of London

Britain will be led by a woman prime minister through its complicated divorce with the European Union, it was revealed Thursday, as the sole remaining male candidate was knocked out of the race to succeed David Cameron.

The contest to replace the outgoing Cameron as leader of the Conservative Party — and of the country — will be fought between MPs Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom, after Michael Gove was eliminated in the second round of voting by their party’s MPs Thursday.

May secured 199 votes, Leadsom 84, while Gove won just 46, Graham Brady, chair of the Conservative Private Members’ Committee, announced Thursday.

The outcome means Britain is set to have its second female prime minister. Margaret Thatcher was the first, holding office from 1979 to 1990.

May, Britain’s home secretary since 2010, told journalists outside Parliament that she was “delighted to have won so much support” from colleagues.

“I’ve won votes from Conservative MPs from across the party — from left to right, from leavers and remainers, MPs from the length and breadth of the country,” she said.

“This vote shows that the Conservative Party can come together, and that under my leadership, it will.”

Conceding defeat, Gove told reporters he was “naturally disappointed,” but said there was one “important” and “welcome” outcome of the vote.

“Whoever the next prime minister of this country will be, it will be a female prime minister, and a female prime minister who has formidable skills. And I know whichever one of the two wins, they will lead this country well.”

The defeat is likely to be bitter for Gove, the education secretary, who, alongside fellow MP Boris Johnson was one of the leading campaigners for Britain to leave the EU.

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Source:: PM Newspaper