Andrea Leadsom WITHDRAWS from the Tory leadership race in the wake of motherhood row – handing the keys to Downing Street to her rival Theresa May

Andrea Leadsom WITHDRAWS from the Tory leadership race in the wake of motherhood row – handing the keys to Downing Street to her rival Theresa May, by Tim Sculthorpe.

Andrea Leadsom today sensationally quit the race to be Tory leader and handed Downing Street to Theresa May.

The Home Secretary could be summoned to Buckingham Palace within hours to be appointed as Prime Minister. Mrs May is expected to enter No 10 within days even if she does not see the Queen today.

Mrs Leadsom’s withdrawal from the race comes days after she triggered a massive row over whether being a mother gave her an advantage as a possible PM.  … Mrs Leadsom sparked outrage when she told Saturday’s The Times she had a bigger stake in the future of Britain because she was worried about her children’s future. Last night she said she had apologised to Mrs May, who has not had children, via text message.

As she’s handed the keys to Number 10 Theresa May pledges ‘serious social reform’ in major break from Cameron and Osborne amid growing pressure to call snap election, by Matt Dathan.

Theresa May pledged to deliver ‘serious social reform’ in a major break from David Cameron’s premiership … [she] made a clear pitch for the centre-ground of British politics as she set out her ‘bold, new, positive vision for the future of our country’.

And she dismissed any fears that as someone who campaigned for Britain to stay in the EU she would seek to dilute the terms of withdrawing from the EU, declaring: ‘Brexit means Brexit’.