Andrea Leadsom, a candidate in the Tory leadership election, has said sorry to her rival Theresa May in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.
Speaking to the paper, she said: "Having children has no bearing on the ability to be PM. I deeply regret that anyone has got the impression that I think otherwise.
"I've already said to Theresa how very sorry I am for any hurt I have caused and how that article said completely the opposite of what I said and believe."
Her apology in the paper comes after former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith appeared on ITV's Peston on Sunday, saying Mrs Leadsom had been "stitched-up" during the interview.
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.
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.
Andrea Leadsom has said she is "disgusted" by the front page of The Times.
Speaking outside her home in Northamptonshire, Leadsom said: "I want to be crystal clear that everyone has an equal stake in the future of our country, that is what I believe."
The first round results have been announced in the Tory Leadership contest.
- Theresa May 165
- Andrea Leadsom 66
- Stephen Crabb 34
- Michael Gove 48
- Liam Fox 16
Liam Fox is out of the Conservative leadership race after receiving just 16 votes from Conservative MPs in the first ballot.
Andrea Leadsom Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire defends cut in higher rate of tax from 50p to 45p.