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>> I am therefore withdrawing from the leadership election.>> Andrea Leadsom dropping out of the race to be Prime Minister. Leading the way for Theresa May to take over at number 10. The junior energy minister was barely known to the British public before last months EU vote. Faced questions about her lack of cabinet experience and career in the city.
The shock withdrawal following a brutal weekend for Leadsom.>> I am disgusted at the way this has been presented.>> After a newspaper interview in which she appeared to suggest that being a mother gave her the edge over childless May. Reuters UK Senior Correspondent Mike Holden says that caused a lot of disquiet amongst many conservative MPs.
>> They sort of had voiced, quite strongly, how this showed that she perhaps wasn't really perhaps cut out for the top job, that she lacked the experience. And perhaps she's felt that this pressure's been building up and it was too much for her to carry on with.>> Brexit means Brexit.
>> Theresa May launching her leadership agenda just hours earlier, vowing to get the best Brexit deal and overhaul corporate governance rules. She'll now be able to do that much sooner than expected. But with the race cut short, she may face calls to hold an early election.>> She's ruled us out.
The pressure may grow for that, people may say that in order to put forward some of the view she's expressed in her speech today that weren't perhaps in the conservative manifesto, she needs to hold an election.>> After days of political turmoil and uncertainty, some clarity, 59 year-old May will become Britain's second female prime minister on Wednesday.