Today, the conservative MPs have voted for Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom to become the new Conservative Party Leader, thus new Prime minister of the UK.
They will go head to head to become the next leader of the Conservative Party, after Michael Gove was eliminated from the contest.
After the second MPs’ ballot, Home Secretary Mrs May finished with 199 votes, Energy Minister Mrs Leadsom 84 and the Justice Secretary Mr Gove, finished with 46.
The new tory leader will be announced after campaigning on September 9th, with Theresa May going into it strong with a clear 115 point victory over 2nd placed Andrea Leadsom.
It all came about when the current Prime Minister David Cameron resigned after finishing on the ‘losing side’ in the UK’s EU referendum, in which the UK voted to leave by a margin of 3.8%.
The results were announced at Westminster by Conservative MP Graham Brady, the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee.
There had originally been five contenders to succeed Mr Cameron, with MPs voting in two rounds to get that number down to two.
The contest now moves to its final stage with the Conservative Party’s 150,000-strong membership deciding between Mrs May, a Remain campaigner with a long track record in government, and Mrs Leadsom, a leading light of the Brexit campaign who has stressed her City and business background.
Those that want to vote and are eligible has to have been a member of the Conservative Party by 9 June.
Polling expert Professor John Curtice, of Strathclyde University, said the electorate for the contest represented a “very distinctive slice of Britain”.
They would be mostly over 50, disproportionately male, and “overwhelmingly middle class”, he said.
He predicted the Brexit debate would “play a role” in the contest, but not a defining one.
Both candidates have been linked to euroscepticism, so could be the best choices on offer.
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