Andrea Leadsom Through To Final Round For Conservative Leader and Prime Minister

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Conservative Members of Parliament have voted in the second round under party rules to select the two candidates who will go forward, selecting Home Secretary Theresa May and Minister of State for Energy Andrea Leadsom. Michael Gove had been in the race this morning, but dropping his vote share to just 46 among members of the parliamentary party means he has now been knocked out of the competition. In this round Andrea Leadsom increased her vote to 84, and Theresa May got 199, over half of all Conservative members of parliament. While this has been claimed to be a sound endorsement of the pro-EU Ms. May by Conservative MPs, Leadsom may yet still find favour with the more predominantly Eurosceptic membership of the Conservative party. The South Northamptonshire MP was little known before the closing stages of the Brexit campaign, in which she campaigned for Britain to leave the European Union. She was the only candidate who has called for Article 20 to be triggered immediately, beginning the formal process of Britain leaving the European Union. +++ More Follows +++