‘We’ve had too many women prime ministers’: Female Tory MP told Andrea Leadsom she wouldn’t support her leadership bid because of her gender
- At least one claimed her that her gender was a problem, according to a source
- The Conservative Party has only had two female leaders in its history.
- They are Theresa May and Margaret Thatcher, who led it from 1975 to 1990
Failed Tory leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom was told by another woman Conservative MP that she would not back her bid because the party had had ‘too many female prime ministers’.
The former Commons’ Leader, who was the runner up to Theresa May in 2016, failed to get past the first round this time round after receiving just 11 votes in last week’s first leadership ballot.
And at least one female MP revealed to her that her gender was a problem, according to a source close to to the ex-minister.
It is a sign of the toxic legacy left by Theresa May’s bitter and divisive struggle to get a Brexit deal through Parliament.
The Conservative Party has only had two female leaders in its history, Mrs May and Margaret Thatcher, who famously led it from 1975 to 1990.
Mrs leadsom claimed only 11 votes in the first round of the leadership election meaning she missed the 17-vote cut off to make it through to the second round
Theresa May was only the second female leader in the Conservative party’s history after becoming Prime Minister in 2016
The first was Margaret Thatcher, who became the UK’s first female prime minister in 1979, serving until 1990
Mrs Leadsom struggled in the leadership race this time around despite being the runner-up to Mrs May just three years ago.
She came third to last with only Esther McVey and Mark Harper polling fewer votes. Under new rules brought in this year she was eliminated after failing to reach the 17-vote threshold to proceed.