On Wednesday it’s expected that Theresa May will be announced as the new UK prime minister. It comes after the other candidate in place Andrea Leadsman announced her resignation from the head-to-head race with Ms May.
Theresa May has promised to build a ‘better Britain’ and to make the UK’s EU exit a “
‘success’ after she was announced as the new Tory leader and soon-to-be PM today.
Speaking outside Parliament, Mrs May said she was ‘honoured and humble’ to succeed David Cameron, after her only rival in the race withdrew on Monday.
Mr Cameron will announced his resignation to the Queen after Prime Ministers Questions on Wednesday.
Mr Cameron, who has been UK prime minister since 2010, decided to quit after the UK’s Brexit vote.
He held a brief statement outside No 10 earlier today where Mr Cameron said he was ‘delighted’ that Mrs May was to succeed him in Downing Street.
He also said a ‘prolonged period of transition’ was not necessary, and further added: “I will chair my last cabinet meeting tomorrow (Tuesday). On Wednesday I will attend the House of Commons for Prime Minister’s Questions.After that I expect to go the Palace and offer my resignation.”
The prime minister praised Mrs May as ‘strong’ and ‘competent’ and he said she was “more than able to provide the leadership” the UK needs in the coming years.
The 1922 committee of Conservative MPs, which is overseeing the leadership contest, has declared Mrs May the new party leader ‘with immediate effect’.
This all came about in quick succession when an announcement from the other leading candidate Andrea Leadsom made her decision clear to pull out of the contest. Mrs Leadsom – who was a leading light of the Brexit campaign – 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.
The BBC source close to the energy minister told BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg “the abuse has been too great” for Mrs Leadsom during the contest.
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