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A female PM for the UK: Gove eliminated from Conservative Party leadership race

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A female PM for the UK: Gove eliminated from Conservative Party leadership race
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The UK’s Home Secretary Theresa May has come out on top in the Conservative Party leadership contest, with 199 votes. Her victory was predicted in polls ahead of the second-round ballot.

But for the other two candidates, it was less of a race than a fight for survival. Junior Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom emerged in second place, with 84 votes, meaning the UK’s next prime minister will be female, for only the second time in history.

Justice Minister Michael Gove has been eliminated after gaining just 46 votes from Tory Party MPs.

David Cameron’s decision to resign as PM was provoked by the UK’s vote to leave the European Union.

Although a known Eurosceptic, May backed the ‘Remain’ side in the June 23 referendum. Leadsom was in the ‘Leave’ camp, backing a Brexit from the Union. Whoever is voted in will be tasked with negotiating the UK’s path out of the Union.

The choice over who will run the country until 2020 now lies in the hands of Conservative Party members, who will vote in their leader by September 9.

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