The UK Will Have Its First Female PM Since Thatcher

Last male candidate voted out of the running
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2016 11:34 AM CDT
In this 1980 file photo, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher poses for a photograph in London.   (AP Photo/Gerald Penny, File)

(Newser) – Margaret Thatcher was the first, but she'll no longer be the only female prime minister the UK has ever had. Michael Gove has been eliminated from the ballot to become the next Conservative Party leader, leaving Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom as the final two candidates. The winner will become the UK's next prime minister, the BBC reports. Home Affairs Secretary May (a Remain supporter) led the most recent round of voting Thursday with 199 votes, followed by Energy Minister Leadsom (a Brexit supporter) with 84 and Gove with 46. Conservative MPs will decide on a winner, who will take over the job from David Cameron on Sept. 9, the Washington Post reports. (Read more Brexit stories.)

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