British energy minister Andrea Leadsom—one of just two candidates in the race to replace David Cameron as the leader of the Conservative Party—announced on Monday she was quitting the race, a move that clears the way for home secretary Theresa May to become Britain’s next prime minister.
In a press conference on Monday, Leadsom said that a nine-week campaign was unnecessary when May had already secured support from 60 percent of their Conservative colleagues.
“The interests of our country are best served by the immediate appointment of a strong and well-supported prime minister,” she told reporters.
“Don’t believe I have sufficient support” –@andrealeadsom pulls out of #ToryLeadership racehttps://t.co/K6pbNn362q https://t.co/c5GWkxjEQr
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) July 11, 2016
Her withdrawal from the race to succeed Cameron comes just days after she was quoted saying she was better-suited for the office because she is a mother, unlike her rival May.
Her decision to pull out of the race is just the latest political fallout since Britain’s referendum to leave the European Union last month. Widely seen as the frontrunner in the prime minister race, Boris Johnson—the former mayor of London and a leader of the “leave” campaign— surprised the political world late last month by announcing he would not seek the job.