Andrea Leadsom: 'Everything to play for' in Tory leadership race

Andrea Leadsom

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Andrea Leadsom has confirmed she will stay in the Conservative leadership race as there is "everything to play for".

The South Northamptonshire MP appeared on the breakfast show after two of her fellow contenders, Kit Malthouse and James Cleverly, dropped out in quick succession.

When asked by talkRADIO host Julia Hartley-Brewer whether she will be remaining in the race, Ms Leadsom replied: "Absolutely."

She continued: "I think there is everything to play for."

Ms Leadsom dropped out of the leadership contest back in 2016 when she was up against Theresa May, but she said it was "the right decision at the time".

"In my view with the information I had at the time, the right thing to do was withdraw," she said.

"It's really easy to rewrite history but it was the right decision at the time."

Yesterday, the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs met to discuss changing the rules on who can put themselves forward for the leadership role.

They ruled that each candidate must secure votes from 17 MPs in the first ballot, and at least 33 in the second ballot to remain in the contest.

Ladbrokes currently place odds of 8/1 on Ms Leadsom becoming the next Conservative leader, with bookies' favourite Boris Johnson in at 8/11.

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