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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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Baroness Warsi: Motherhood comments 'naive'

Baroness Warsi appears on Peston on Sunday with Ed Balls. Credit: Peston on Sunday

Andrea Leadsom's controversial motherhood comments were not "malicious" they were "naive", Baroness Warsi has said.

The Conservative peer described the comments as a "slip of the tongue", shown by the way in which she immediately asked for the comments not to be printed.

Baroness Warsi added she did not want debates about motherhood and the roles of women to come back into politics.

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