Successor to PM David Cameron May Emerge as UK's 2nd 'Iron Lady'

July 5, 2016
By XinhuaEditor: Rong Chen
Successor to PM David Cameron May Emerge as UK's 2nd 'Iron Lady'
Theresa May (second left) announces to join the campaign for next prime minister in London on June 30. [Xinhua]


Two female politicians are frontrunners to become Britain's next prime minister, increasing the likelihood that the country will get its second female leader in history, following in the footsteps of former "Iron Lady", Margaret Thatcher.

Current PM David Cameron announced that he would stand down after Britain voted by 52 percent to 48 percent to leave the European Union in a referendum on June 23.

The Conservative Party said Monday that Cameron's successor should be announced on September 2. But the party's board suggested an extra week was needed to make a decision.

British Home Secretary Theresa May and junior minister Andrea Leadsom from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, who held opposite opinions in the referendum, are the two leading candidates in the contest.

May stated that the UK needs clear stance on the Brexit. She campaigned to remain in the EU previously, while Leadsom emerged as a top Brexiter, earning support in both the Conservative Party and parliament.

Leadsom worships her idol Thatcher and the two actually share something in common: Thatcher became the leader of the Conservatives at 53, while Leadsom is likely to be on the same post at 53 as well.

"I think it's very difficult for someone to become prime minister who doesn't agree with leaving the EU, who is reluctantly following the wishes of the people," Leadsom stated.

"I genuinely believe that if we want to make a go of it, then we need somebody who believes in the Brexit." Leadsom added.

In addition, other potential candidates include Justice Secretary Michael Gove, former chairman of the Conservative Party Liam Fox, and Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb, while Ex-London mayor Boris Johnson ruled himself out of the leadership race on June 30.

(Source: Xinhua /Translated and edited by Women of China)

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