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Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan loses job as Education Secretary

Nicky Morgan loses job as Education Secretary Credit: PA

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has said she has lost her job. She made the announcement on Twitter this morning.

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Clarke hails Cameron's wit and urges him to stay as MP

Ken Clarke has asked David Cameron his final question as prime minister at PMQs.

He paid tribute to David Cameron's "wit and humour" and urged him to remain an "active participant".

Cameron joked that Clarke's first act as chancellor was to fire him as a special adviser.

He said Clarke had demonstrated "great wisdom, thoughtfulness and balance" during his time in the coalition government.

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Cameron: Theresa May to be installed as PM by Wednesday

Theresa May will be installed as Prime Minister by Wednesday evening, David Cameron has announced.

Speaking outside of Downing Street, Mr Cameron said there was "no need for a long period of transition" and that he would chair his last cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

In addition, he will appear at Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday before heading to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to the Queen.

Speaking of the Conservative leadership race, Mr Cameron said Andrea Leadsom had been "absolutely right" to withdraw.

Mrs Leadsom's campaign came under fire after comments she made about being a mother appeared in The Times newspaper.

Mr Cameron described incoming Prime Minister Theresa May as having the "overwhelming support" of the Tory party, adding that he was "delighted" she would be taking over at No 10.

"She is strong, competent, and she's more than able to provide the leadership this country is going to need in the years ahead", he said.

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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.

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May set to be confirmed as new leader of Tory Party

Theresa May will be formally confirmed as the new Conservative Party leader as soon as the Conservative Party board has been consulted, Graham Brady, the chairman of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee, has said.

He refused to give an exact timetable of when this will happen.

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Andrea Leadsom: I wish Theresa May the greatest success

Andrea Leadsom wished Home Secretary Theresa May "the greatest success" as she pulled out of her bid to be prime minister.

Here is Andrea Leadsom's speech in full:

So this morning I have written a letter to Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee, and I would like to read it out to you.

The best interests of our country inspired me to stand for the leadership. I believe that in leaving the EU a bright future awaits, where all our people can share in a new prosperity, freedom and democracy.

The referendum result demonstrated a clear desire for change - strong leadership is needed urgently to begin the work of withdrawing from the European Union.

A nine-week leadership campaign at such a critical moment for our country is highly undesirable.

Business needs certainty - a strong and unified Government must move quickly to set out what an independent United Kingdom's framework for business looks like. It is also essential that current EU workers in the UK and businesses that employ them know where they stand.

The Conservative Party was elected only last year with a strong manifesto. We now need a new prime minister in place as soon as possible, committed to fulfilling that manifesto as well as implementing the clear instructions from the referendum.

Theresa May carries over 60% of support from the Parliamentary party. She is ideally placed to implement Brexit on the best possible terms for the British people and she has promised that she will do so.

For me personally, to have won the support of 84 of my colleagues last Thursday was a great expression of confidence for which I am incredibly grateful.

Nevertheless, this is less than 25% of the parliamentary party and after careful consideration I do not believe this is sufficient support to lead a strong and stable government should I win the leadership election. There is no greater privilege than to lead the Conservative Party in government and I would have been deeply honoured to do it.I have, however, concluded that the interests of our country are best served by the immediate appointment of a strong and well-supported prime minister. I am therefore withdrawing from the leadership election and I wish Theresa May the very greatest success. I assure her of my full support. Thank you very much.

– Andrea Leadsom
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Andrea Leadsom withdraws bid to be prime minister

Andrea Leadsom on Monday morning Credit: Pool

Andrea Leadsom has withdrawn her bid to be prime minister.

The junior energy minister said a nine-week leadership campaign at such a critical time for the UK would be "highly undesirable" and said she had decided she did not have sufficient support among MPs "to lead a strong and stable government."

She added that Theresa May was ideally placed to implement Brexit and offered the Home Secretary her full support.

Speaking on the steps of her campaign HQ in Westminster, she wished May "the very greatest success."

Leadsom pulled out the day after apologising to her Tory leadership candidate rival over comments she had made about motherhood to The Times newspaper.

  • The chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee is due to make a statement following Leadsom's departure, amid speculation that he will confirm that, as the only candidate remaining on the ballot paper, May can become leader without facing a vote of the party's 150,000 members.
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