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Motherhood row erupts in UK PM contest

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>> It's down to two in the race to be the UK's next Prime Minister. And the head-to-head battles quickly become personal. The Times front page on Saturday, an interview with Andrea Leadsom headlined, Being a mother gives me the edge on May. The paper quotes Leadsom saying Theresa May must be really sad not to have children and that being a mum gives you a real stake in Britain's future.
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>> In the course of a lengthy interview yesterday I was repeatedly asked about my children and I repeatedly made it clear that I did not want this to be in any way a feature of the campaign. The mother of three disputes the reports, calling the article disgusting, and demanding the paper release the interview transcript.
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And so the Times did just that, as well as an audio extract, which reveals Leadsom saying that while May may have nieces and nephews, quote, I have children who are going to have children who will directly be a part of what happens next. It comes after Theresa May had called for a clean campaign and challenged her rival to join her in signing a pledge.
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May is the clear front runner among MP's to take over at number 10. But it's not clear whether she has the same support from the wider party. Hustings are now being organized across the UK, the winner to be announced in just two months.