Head Of Tory Voluntary Party ‘Expects’ Andrea Leadsom To Win

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The President of the Conservative Party’s National Convention says he “expects” Andrea Leadsom to beat Theresa May and become the next Prime Minister. Steve Bell, who chairs the group that represents the party’s local voluntary associations, said MPs will get a “wake-up call” when they discover the extent of support Mrs Leadsom has among ordinary party members. Theresa May received the backing of an overwhelming number of MPs in Thursday’s ballot and, given her long experience as Home Secretary, is seen as the establishment favourite for the top job. Mrs Leadsom, however, is regarded as holding views that are more in tune with ordinary Conservatives on issues such as fox hunting and gay marriage. Unlike Mrs May, she also campaigned for Britain to leave the EU, a position supported by the majority of Conservative voters. Brexit campaign group Leave.EU published a poll of 5,000 Tory members last week, finding that 56 per cent back Mrs Leadsom compared to 44 per cent for Mrs May, putting them at odds with the Parliamentary party. The Telegraph quotes Mr Bell as saying: “It is a wake-up call for MPs to start listening to their members and their supporters.” “All I would ask is