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.
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Boris Johnson has been heckled as he left his home in London over the EU referendum and his decision not to take part in the contest for next leader of the Conservative party.
The heckler accused him of putting his own interests before the country but not "having the guts to sort it out".
Mr Johnson dismissed the claims as "rubbish".
Asked by a journalist if he felt betrayed by Michael Gove, Mr Johnson said: "I cannot, unfortunately, get on with doing what I wanted to do, so it'll be up to somebody else now."
He added: "I wish him every possible success".
Asked whether he had "betrayed Boris", Conservative leadership candidate, Michael Gove, dodged the question.
Instead the Justice Secretary said that he will be giving a speech at 11am on Friday morning.
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