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Theresa May officially declared Tory leader

Theresa May was officially declared leader of the Conservative Party on Monday - sealing the way for her to become Prime Minister.

The announcement, greeted with rapturous applause and cheers, was made by Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, which is made up of Conservative backbenchers.

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Michael Howard: 'May will be a very good Prime Minister'

Michael Howard said the country must draw a line under Brexit and the Tory leadership race and give Theresa May its "maximum support".

Speaking to ITV News, the former Conservative leader said new Prime Minister Mrs May now needs to make the most of the UK's "many opportunities" outside of the EU.

Despite having backed Andrea Leadsom to enter No. 10, Lord Howard believes Mrs May is a "very strong woman and will be a very good Prime Minister".

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Liberal Democrat leader: May should call an election

Tim Farron has said that Theresa May should call an early general election when she becomes prime minister.

The Liberal Democrat leader described May as a "solid choice" for prime minister but told GMB that she criticised Gordon Brown for not calling an election nine years ago when he succeeded Tony Blair as prime minister.

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