The candidates for Britain's next PM

  • 08/07/2016
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By Richard Wybrow

We don't yet know who the next Prime Minister of Britain will be, but we now know it will be a woman.

Let's take a look at who's on the shortlist.

Conservative MPs have chosen Home Secretary Theresa May, and energy and climate change minister Andrea Leadsom as their final two candidates.

On Thursday (local time), Michael Gove was knocked out of the race.

You may remember: he first backed Boris Johnson's bid to be Prime Minister, then stabbed Boris in the back and ran himself.

So what do we know about the two women still in the running?

The candidates for Britain's next PM

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The candidates for Britain's next PM

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Interestingly, the two women were on opposite sides of the Brexit fight.

Ms May was on Team Remain, but says she'll ensure the Brexit means all boats will rise and "make Britain a country not for the privileged few, but for everyone".

Ms Leadsom, a Leaver, wants Britons to feel good about ditching the EU: "My first task is to show how great our potential is as a nation," she says. "Let's banish the pessimists!"

The final vote is in the hands of 150,000 Conservative Party members.

Sixty percent of them are male, with an average age of 59.

Not exactly representative of Britain, but nevertheless, they'll pick a new party leader - and Prime Minister - on September 9.

And regardless of who they pick, the new leader of Britain will become the second woman ever to hold the keys to Downing Street.

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