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Theresa May V Andrea Leadsom – The Queen to appoint female Prime Minister in September

Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom are to battle it out to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the first female to hold the position since Margaret Thatcher.

British Members of Parliament voted on Thursday in a ballot over who they would like to see on the shortlist for Conservative Party members to vote.

The announcement of who the next Prime Minister will be is expected to be announced on September 9th, when they will travel to Buckingham Palace to meet with The Queen

The Home Secretary, Theresa May is currently the front runner having Mrs May finished with 199 votes from MPs. Energy Minister, Andrea Leadsom finished with a total of 84 votes.

Justice Secretary, Michael Gove was eliminated with just 46 votes. Earlier on in the week Dr Liam Fox was also eliminated and Work and Pensions Secretary, Stephen Crabb dropped out after failing to gather enough support in Parliament.

Around 150,000 Conservative party members will now decide who the winning candidate will be.

The news comes after David Cameron announced his resignation after six years in office following the the UK voting to leave the European Union.

The new Prime Minister will be tasked with negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU. Mrs May was campaigned to remain in the EU, whereas Mrs Leadsom campaigned to leave.

Traditionally, the Monarch appoints the Prime Minister after a General Election and asks them to form a government. However, as the new Prime Minister will not be chosen as a result of an election, there is already a government in place.

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