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Corbyn criticises Andrea Leadsom's motherhood comments

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has criticised Andrea Leadsom's controversial motherhood comments about Theresa May.

"She [Leadsom] shouldn't be raising it as a way of criticism, it shouldn't raised as a matter of public debate," he said in an interview with ITV News.

"A man would never be asked those questions - why should a woman be asked those questions?"

They are both putting themselves forward for leadership of their party, it's up to them to have what I hope will be a serious, intelligent and mature debate about the policies each would wish to follow as leader, not reduce it to this sort of level of personal criticism, it's unfair and it's wrong.

– Jeremy Corbyn

Tories in the East angered by 'vile' Leadsom comments

Andrea Leadsom faced the media outside her house in Northamptonshire today. Credit: PA

Some Conservative MPs in our region have criticised leadership hopeful Andrea Leadsom after she allegedly told a national newspaper that being a mother would give her an advantage over her rival Theresa May.

The South Northamptonshire MP was quoted in The Times as saying being a mum gave her a "tangible stake in our country's future".

She has since demanded the newspaper retract the article.

Ipswich's Ben Gummer and Rutland's Alan Duncan have both expressed their anger on social media.


Leadsom: 'Everyone has an equal stake in our society'

Conservative leadership hopeful Andrea Leadsom has hit back at an article in a national newspaper which quoted her as saying that she has is a better option to be the next Prime Minister because she is a mother.

Leadsom was quoted in The Times as saying that being a parent means she has a "very real stake" in Britain's future.

However, she told reporters outside her house this morning that she had been misquoted and that she believes in equality.

"I am disgusted at the way this has been presented," she said.

"I want to be crystal clear that everyone has an equal stake in our society and in the future of our country. That is what I believe, and that is what I have always believed."

Cambridge campaigners vow to protect city's international reputation after Brexit

Video report from ITV Anglia's Matthew Hudson.

A new group has come together in Cambridge to press for the city's place in high tech research and development to be maintained after Britain withdraws from the EU.

The Cambridge Declaration includes leaders from politics, business and academia - many of whom were prominent Remain campaigners. They're particularly concerned that the skilled foreign workers the city relies on should still be made welcome.

It comes as the Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom, who's in the race to become the next Prime Minister, says Brexit should be seen as an opportunity for businesses.


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Boris says Conservative party 'most progressive' in Britain

Boris Johnson has congratulated Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom, saying that as a result of two women competing for the top title, the Conservatives are "the most progressive party in Britain".

He also said Leadsom's position in particular was a "stunning achievement".

His full statement:

Many Congratulations to both Andrea and Theresa.

For the second time in history the conservatives will have a female prime minster, proving that we are the not just the greatest but the most progressive party in Britain.

I want to offer particular congratulations to Andrea Leadsom on her stunning achievement.

She is now well placed to win and replace the absurd gloom in some quarters with a positive confident and optimistic approach, not just to Europe, but to government all round.

– Boris Johnson

Andrea Leadsom to face Theresa May in battle to be next PM

Video report by ITV News Anglia's political correspondent Emma Hutchinson.

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom will battle it out with Theresa May to become the next leader of the Conservative Party.

Michael Gove was eliminated after receiving 46 votes. May had 199, and Leadsom 84 votes. Tory MPs had voted throughout the day in a secret ballot that ended at 4pm.

Following the vote, Leadsom returned to her constituency, delighted by the news.

I'm delighted. Feeling very positive, absolutely delighted, very grateful to my team.

Theresa's obviously done fantastically well and my commiserations to Michael. But I'm absolutely delighted with the result.

– Andrea Leadsom MP

The two will now fight for support from around 150,000 party members, not just Tory MPs as in previous rounds of voting.

The new leader will be announced and take up office on September 9.

The winner will become the UK's second ever female prime minister.

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