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Calendar archive: Views from Grantham on the day Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister

When Theresa May walks through the doors of number 10 today, she'll be only the second female Prime Minister since Margaret Thatcher, who assumed the position in May 1979.

The 'Iron Lady', from Grantham in Lincolnshire, became Tory leader in 1975 and was MP for Finchley from 1959 until she retired from the Commons in 1992.

When she became PM , Calendar despatched reporter Alan Hardwick to talk to locals about the town's famous daughter.

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Theresa May arrives at Westminster

Theresa May has arrived at Westminster as she prepares to be confirmed as the next prime minister.

It comes as Andrea Leadsom withdrew from the Conservative leadership race to succeed David Cameron.

David Cameron must formally resign to the Queen, who is staying privately outside of London, ITV News understands, and this could affect the schedule for the transition.


MPs react to news Theresa May set to be new Prime Minister

Politicians across our region have been giving their reaction to the news that Theresa May looks set to become the country's next Prime Minister.

Theresa May will make 'outstanding leader', says Keighley & Ilkley MP

A West Yorkshire MP has said Theresa May will make an 'outstanding leader' following today's withdrawal of Andrea Leadsom from the Conservative Party leadership contest.

Keighley & Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins with Theresa May Credit: Press Association

Keighley and Ilkely MP Kris Hopkins said having worked with Theresa May over the last six years, he has seen 'many qualities' that she will bring as our second female Prime Minister.

He said in a statement:

“I am proud to have been a member of Theresa May’s campaign team and know she will make an outstanding leader of our country.

We are in the midst of one of the most uncertain periods in our nation’s history following the decision to leave the European Union.

I have no doubt that Theresa is the right person at the right time to negotiate the best possible deal for the United Kingdom, and take on the many other challenges we face as a society.

I wish her every possible success.”

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Eagle 'looking forward' to launching leadership campaign

Angela Eagle has confirmed she has put in the paperwork to begin her bid to challenge and replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.

Speaking outside her home in London, she told reporters she was "very much looking forward" to launching her campaign later today.

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