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2 women in race to lead Britain

LONDON — One way or another, Britain will have its second female prime minister.

The governing Conservative Party took another step on Thursday in its process to replace Prime Minister David Cameron, winnowing the contest to two candidates: Theresa May, 59, the home secretary, and Andrea Leadsom, 53, the junior energy minister.

When the contest is concluded in September, one of them will become the first woman to lead Britain since Margaret Thatcher, also a Conservative, stepped down in 1990. The winner will take over as Britain grapples with how to carry through with its stunning decision last month to withdraw from the European Union, a choice that Cameron opposed and led him to announce that he would step aside once the party chose his successor.

May quietly supported remaining in the European Union, but has since said that she respects the outcome of the June 23 referendum and that she will seek the best possible deal for Britain as it negotiates its withdrawal from the bloc. She dominated the first stage of the selection process, in which the field was narrowed to two candidates through voting by the 330 Conservative members of the House of Commons.

May remains the favorite, but in the next round will be judged by a different constituency: registered grass-roots members of the Conservative Party, many of whom were vociferous supporters of leaving the European Union.

2 women in race to lead Britain 07/07/16 [Last modified: Thursday, July 7, 2016 10:18pm]
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