It became clear that Britain would have it’s first female PM since Margaret Thatcher on Thursday, when the Conservative Party voted for May and Leadsom over a third candidate, Michael Gove. May led the ballot for the 330 Tories with 199 votes over Leadsom’s 84 and Gove’s 46, the Guardian reports.
May also led by a wide margin in the first round of ballots on Tuesday.
The 150,000 rank-and-file Conservative party members will now decide between the two in a ballot that ends Sept. 9. Either May or Leadsom should then emerge the winner and take over as the next Prime Minister.
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