UPDATE: Eastbourne’s Theresa May set to become Prime Minister on Wednesday

18/1/2016 (BF)  Home Secretary Theresa May visited the University in Portsmouth earlier this year
18/1/2016 (BF) Home Secretary Theresa May visited the University in Portsmouth earlier this year

Eastbourne’s Theresa May looks set to become the country’s next Prime Minister on Wednesday after Andrea Leadsom pulled out of the Conservative Party leadership contest.

Mrs May, who is currently Home Secretary and was born in the town, has been the favourite to succeed David Cameron after he announced he would be standing down following the EU referendum result last month.

After Liam Fox and Michael Gove had been eliminated from the contest and Stephen Crabb had pulled out, Mrs Leadsom and Mrs May were due to face each other in the two-candidate runoff, with Conservative Party members having the final say on a new leader.

But on Monday afternoon Mrs Leadsom felt she did not have ‘sufficient support to lead a strong and stable Government’.

She said: “The Conservative Party was elected only last year with a strong manifesto. We now need a new Prime Minister in place as soon as possible, committed to fulfilling that manifesto as well as implementing the clear instructions from the referendum.

“Theresa May carried over 60 per cent of support from the parliamentary party. She is ideally placed to implement Brexit on the best possible terms for the British people and she had promised that she will do so.”

She has already apologised to Mrs May for comments printed in the The Times at the weekend appearing to suggest that being a mother made her more suited to being PM.

Mr Cameron is due to appear at his last Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday and then hand in his resignation to the Queen.

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