Leadsom officially launches Tory leadership bid

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has announced that she is to stand for the Conservative Party leadership.

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Andrea Leadsom to face Theresa May in battle to be next PM

Video report by ITV News Anglia's political correspondent Emma Hutchinson.

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom will battle it out with Theresa May to become the next leader of the Conservative Party.

Michael Gove was eliminated after receiving 46 votes. May had 199, and Leadsom 84 votes. Tory MPs had voted throughout the day in a secret ballot that ended at 4pm.

Following the vote, Leadsom returned to her constituency, delighted by the news.

I'm delighted. Feeling very positive, absolutely delighted, very grateful to my team.

Theresa's obviously done fantastically well and my commiserations to Michael. But I'm absolutely delighted with the result.

– Andrea Leadsom MP

The two will now fight for support from around 150,000 party members, not just Tory MPs as in previous rounds of voting.

The new leader will be announced and take up office on September 9.

The winner will become the UK's second ever female prime minister.

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