Theresa May pledged to "make a success" of Brexit as she made her first major speech since launching her leadership bid - moments before her rival candidate Andrea Leadsom dropped out of the race.
Theresa May's speech in full:
The Home Secretary outlined a three key messages of her campaign:
First, our country needs strong, proven leadership to steer us through this time of economic and political uncertainty and to negotiate the best deal for Britain as we leave the EU and forge a new role for ourselves in the world.
She presented herself as the candidate of unity and experience and stressed an intention to reach out to working-class families to create "a country that works not for the privileged few, but for every one of us."
If you’re from a working-class family, life is just much harder than many people in politics realise."
During the speech in Birmingham, the Home Secretary, who was pro-Remain during the EU referendum campaign repeated a firm declaration that "Brexit is Brexit."
She also highlighted that among the "overwhelming" support of Tory MPs in last week's election at Westminster were "left and right, Leavers and Remainers, MPs from the length and breadth of Britain."
"The results showed that, after the referendum, the Conservative Party can come together and under my leadership it will," she said.