Reports: Andrea Leadsom is stepping down from Conservative leadership race

Reports claim Andrea Leadsom is stepping down from Conservative leadership race

Andrea Leadsom

Monday, July 11, 2016

Conservative leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom is expected to make a statement at 12.15pm amid speculation that she may be poised to pull out of the race to replace David Cameron as prime minister.

If the energy minister confirms that she is planning to quit the battle, it would leave Home Secretary Theresa May as the only candidate - potentially clearing the way for her to be named Tory leader and PM as early as today.

However, it was not immediately clear whether Conservative rules would require the party's 1922 Committee to seek another contender to appear on the ballot paper alongside Mrs May for a planned vote of the party's 150,000 members.