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Prime Minister to attend unveiling of memorial for police officer killed on duty

PC Dave Phillips Credit: Merseyside Police

The Prime Minister Theresa May will attend a ceremony for the unveiling of a memorial to a police officer who was killed on duty.

PC Dave Phillips was killed when he was hit by a truck in October 2015.

The unveiling of the Police Memorial Trust’s national tribute to the Merseyside Police officer will take place in Hamilton Square Gardens, Birkenhead.

It will be the first time a Merseyside Police officer has been honoured in this way.

I am extremely proud to be in Merseyside to lay the Trust's 42nd memorial to this fallen police hero

– Mrs Michael Winner, Chair of the Police Memorial Trust

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Theresa May set to be confirmed as new Conservative leader

Graham Brady MP and Chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee Credit: PA

Altrincham and Sale West MP and chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, Graham Brady, said he needed to consult with the party's board before formally confirming that Theresa May was the new leader of the Conservative Party.

Theresa May looks set to be confirmed as leader, and the UK's second female prime minister, after her only remaining rival Andrea Leadsom sensationally dropped out of the race to succeed David Cameron.

Leadsom announced she was quitting the contest shortly after apologising to the Home Secretary over an interview in which she appeared to suggest that the fact she was a mother gave her the edge over the childless Mrs May as a future PM.

Speaking on the steps of her campaign HQ in Westminster, the Energy Minister wished Mrs May "the very greatest success" and promised her "my full support".

He said he was hoping to hold discussions this afternoon, but was unable to say whether Mrs May would be confirmed as Prime Minister by the end of the day or the week.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Michael Gove, who came third in the leadership ballot among Tory MPs, pledged his backing to Mrs May, saying:

Andrea Leadsom spoke with great dignity and courage today. I wish her every success in the future.

We should now move as quickly as possible to ensure Theresa May can take over as leader. She has my full support as our next Prime Minister.

– Justice Secretary Michael Gove
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