The iron lady: for the post of Prime Minister of Britain will compete for two women Ministers

The head of the Ministry of internal Affairs of great Britain Theresa may made a statement after winning the second round of voting for the post of leader of the Conservative party

The UK government for the first time since November 1990 and will be headed by a woman: the final election of the leader of the ruling Conservative party left the Minister of internal Affairs, a moderate opponent of Brexit Theresa may and Deputy Minister of energy, a supporter of leaving the EU Andrea Leeds.

A house divided

The selection of candidates for the post of leader of the party is carried out by voting members of the parliamentary faction of the conservatives: members vote in several rounds for each candidate and after each round the last place finisher is eliminated, while the candidates remain two. The final choice between the two remaining do have all party members (about 350 thousand) voting by mail, which will end on 8 September. The winner will replace on a post of the Prime Minister of great Britain David Cameron, who resigned after the victory in the referendum supporters of the withdrawal of Britain from the EU, which is opposed by Cameron.

The two finalists unexpectedly has been already decided in the second round, on Thursday evening, July 7. Two days before the vote, the labour Minister Stephen Crabb, who won the previous round in fourth place out of five, withdrew his candidacy, and the race left three: favourite Theresa may (in the first round scored exactly 50% of the votes of 165 out of 330), Andrea Leeds, and justice Minister Michael Gove.

In the second round may have strengthened the leadership, having received 199 votes (60%). Leeds enlisted the support of 84 deputies (25%) vs 66, or 20% in the first. The loser was Michael Gove who received only 46 votes (two less than in the first round), and retired from the race. One of the leaders of the campaign for the withdrawal of Britain from the EU, Gove before the election of the party leader announced his candidacy instead of a colleague in the struggle for Brexit, the former mayor of London Boris Johnson. Prior to that, Johnson was considered the most likely successor to David Cameron as Prime Minister. Many party members took a step Gowa as a betrayal and refused to support it.

Surveys show that may be an undeniable advantage in the all-party ballot. In a recent study by leading sociological Bureau YouGov from July 5, in opposition to the may — Leeds, the interior Minister, gaining 63% of the vote against 31% in Leeds. According to the same study, both women Ministers and the lowest negative rating among party members: 12% from may and 16% in Leeds. It is noteworthy that GOV the proportion of negative reviews increased for the week from 22 to 52%.

However, during the campaign before the referendum on Brexit supporters of the Conservative party was inclined to support the skeptics. The last YouGov survey before the referendum (on June 20-22) showed that 59% of the electorate, the conservatives supported the exit from the EU.

Candidate number two

Favorite in the presidential race remains Teresa may (of which RBK wrote extensively after the first round). An experienced politician, she has addressed issues of gender inequality in the position of Minister of women’s Affairs, and is now trying to solve the immigration issue as the interior Minister. The question of Brexit may have consistently tried to stand above the fray that appeared in the campaign before the referendum. The Guardian compared the Mei, and the fraction of conservatives in Parliament, with the school filled with rambunctious students.

Leeds has a much more scandalous fame. Learned in political science in the University of Warwick, for over 20 years she worked in the financial sector, specializing in investment and corporate management. In the early 2000-ies of Leeds started in parallel to politics, but finally went out of business in 2010, once in Parliament from the newly established district of South Northamptonshire. In the house of Commons she was a member of the Committee for the Affairs of the Treasury.

Before the referendum, Leeds was best known as an uncompromising fighter against the fraud in the financial corporations. In the summer of 2012, in the midst of the scandal surrounding the manipulation of LIBOR interbank rates, she personally interviewed the Deputy head of the Bank of England Paul Tucker that ultimately gave the investigation more details of the fraud. Critics have argued that such meticulousness could be explained by the engagement of the Leeds: after years of working as a top Manager Barclays’s new management has forced her to return from maternity leave full time. Soon Leeds resigned.

Financial past with Leeds linked to another scandal. Wednesday, 6 July, her campaign headquarters released a new biography policy with fixed positions. So, now stated that, in Barclays, she worked with the Director and Deputy Director of the Department of financial and credit institutions. Later in investire Invesco Perpetual, she held the position of senior and chief investment officer. Opponents of the city of London to draw attention to the exaggeration of their Leeds experience.

Last year Leeds is working on the post of Deputy Minister of energy of great Britain — in this role, she is responsible for the oil and gas industry, climate change and nuclear energy. Before she was opposed to the subsidization of wind turbines and criticized the European programmes for the development of green energy. According to the plan of Brussels by 2020 15% of electricity in Britain is to be produced from renewable energy sources is twice that now.

On Saturday, July 9, on the front page of The Times published an interview with Leeds, where he claimed that her motherhood (Leeds, three children) is childless may, as children are a great investment in the future of Britain”. It also caused a scandal. In his Twitter account Leeds said that she was misunderstood, calling the interview “horrible”. Campaign headquarters may refused to comment on the interview.