May to Succeed Cameron as Prime Minister on Wednesday

Theresa May is to become prime minister after her only rival pulls out of the Conservative leadership contest.

Theresa May addresses the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, England, October 7, 2009
Theresa May addresses the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, England, October 7, 2009 (Conservatives/Paul Toeman)
  • Britain’s home secretary, Theresa May, will become prime minister on Wednesday, David Cameron has said, after her only remaining rival for the Conservative Party leadership withdrew from the contest.
  • Andrea Leadsom, the incumbent energy minister, said a two-month leadership election at this “critical time” for Britain would be undesirable.
  • Britons voted two weeks ago in a referendum to leave the European Union.
  • The opposition Labour Party is due to have its own leadership contest. Angela Eagle has said she will challenge Jeremy Corbyn.

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