Another one of Britain’s top female politicians has officially joined the race to replace David Cameron. Andrea Leadsom, the energy minister who backed Brexit, announced her bid to become leader of the Conservative party by taking a strong stand on immigration, saying, “freedom of movement will end” as a result of the historic vote.
But Leadsom, a former banker who’s been endorsed by former London mayor Boris Johnson, has faced criticism after the Mail on Sunday reported she said in 2013 that exiting the EU would be “a disaster.” She explained the comments to the BBC by saying that since then, she has been on a “journey” to determine whether the bloc could be reformed. Since it is “just not reformable,” as she put it, she claims her views have changed.
Leadsom is the second woman after Home Secretary Theresa May to enter the contest. Three men–current and former cabinet members–are running as well. Conservative party members will start voting on the five candidates today, when the least popular one will be eliminated, and will whittle down the field to two over the next week.
Political pundits predict the last ones standing will be Leadsom and May. That means Margaret Thatcher could finally get some much-needed company.
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