The hunt for the next prime minister of the United Kingdom has begun. Interior Minister Theresa May seems to be leading the race, followed by pro-Brexit Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom.
Britain’s PM race has two strong contenders, and both of them are female candidates. It seems the UK will soon get its second female prime minister after Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher became the prime minister of the nation in 1979 and continued until 1990, becoming the longest-serving prime minister. Once again, Britain is heading towards having a female prime minister who could hopefully serve the nation as long and effectively as Thatcher did.
The first round of voting ended with May grabbing 165 votes and Leadsom securing 66 votes. The two ladies were followed by Justice Secretary Michael Gove, Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb and former Defense Secretary Liam Fox, who managed to secure 48, 34 and 16 votes, respectively. The latter two are no longer in the contest. When Fox was eliminated after grabbing the last spot, Crabb quit the contest, disheartened with his fourth position.
The contest will be between Leadsom and Gove to find out who the nation wants to see competing with May in the race for prime ministership.
Who is Theresa May?
Born on October 1, 1956, Theresa May has remained the Member of Parliament for Maidenhead since 1997. She became the Home Secretary in 2010. She made twin attempts to get elected to the House of Commons in 1992 and 1994 but she failed. After the 1997 general elections when she became MP, she was appointed Chairman of the Conservative Party, and she began to be identified as a liberal conservative.
May did not really support Remain in the EU referendum. Despite her low support for retention of the nation’s position in the European Union, she managed to win Britons support. The reasons behind this are her calm personality and her stand as an experienced minister in every issue relating to the nation. “I am pleased with this result,” Financial Times quoted May as saying. “There is a big job before us: to unite our party and the country, to negotiate the best possible deal as we leave the EU and to make Britain work for everyone.”