Theresa May set to become 54th British Prime Minister
British Home Secretary Theresa May is set to be the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom once David Cameron leaves office in October.
This follows the withdrawal from the race of Andrea Leadsom, the only challenger of Ms. May Monday. Announcing her exit from the race, Leadsom – the UK Minister for Energy – who advocated for the BREXIT campaign regretted that her support was way below May’s backing in last week’s nomination exercise.
On Thursday, May garnered more than 60 percent of Tory MPs votes against Andreas 25 percent. Michael Gove, another Brexit campaigner, trailed the race with 46 votes, equivalent to 14%.
The nomination for Tory Party leadership is narrowed down to two contestants before a national vote by the national party delegates.
“A nine-week leadership campaign at such a critical moment for our country is highly undesirable… I have concluded that the interests of our country are best served by the immediate appointment of a strong and well-supported prime minister,” said Leadsom.
There had been speculation that May’s ascension to the 10 Downing Street could be delayed by a revision of the nomination process.
Graham Brady the chairperson of the 1922 committee, a body of conservative members of parliament ruled out the reopening of the contest.
He, however, added the committee’s board would have to give the final position. The Guardian quoted Brady, “The board must confirm that she is the next leader of the party. The board will have to be consulted,” he said.