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Live updates: Leadsom motherhood row

Andrea Leadsom has appeared to suggest being a mother makes her a better choice for prime minister than Theresa May, who has no children.

Latest updates:

  • The comments, made in an interview with The Times, have sparked a backlash
  • Leadsom said she was "disgusted" and accused the newspaper of "gutter journalism"
  • The Times has defended its story, releasing an audio recording and transcript
  • A Tory backbencher told ITV News that Leadsom should withdraw from leadership race
  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Leadsom's 'personal criticism' was 'unfair and wrong'
  • Leadsom said she has apologised to Theresa May
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Tory backbencher: Leadsom should withdraw from race

Andrea Leadsom making a statement outside her home earlier. Credit: PA Wire

Andrea Leadsom's Conservative colleagues are "appalled" by her comments on motherhood, ITV News' Libby Wiener says.

One backbencher has told ITV News that Leadsom's suggestion that being a mother gave her an advantage over her childless rival Theresa May was "vile".

Another said she should consider her position and withdraw from the race to decide the next Tory leader and prime minister.

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