May to be confirmed as UK Conservative leader, and next PM

The chairman of the Conservative Party committee running the leadership contest confirms Theresa May is only remaining candidate and refuses to deny that she could become the next Prime Minister by the end of the day.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 11, 2016) (ITN) – Theresa May is the only remaining candidate to be the new leader of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party and a formal process will now take place to confirm her in the role, the chairman of a party committee running the leadership contest said on Monday (July 11).

Graham Brady made the statement minutes after Andrea Leadsom, who had been running against May, announced she was pulling out.

“The process is that I, as chairman of the 1922 committee and the board of the Conservative Party must formally confirm that Mrs. May is the new leader of the Conservative party,” said Brady, whose 1922 committee remains highly influential within the party.

Once confirmed as Conservative leader, May will automatically become the new prime minister, replacing outgoing leader David Cameron.

Brady did not make clear what the timeframe was for May to take up both roles, but said the process should conclude “very soon”.

“This is subject to the agreement of the party board but as I said we will be seeking the views of the board during the course of the afternoon. I hope to be able to confirm that later today,” concluded Brady.