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Theresa May in race for Tory leadership and UK PM's post

Theresa May a hardliner for immigration,bid to replace Cameron.EU warned Britain if it wanted access to the bloc's market of 500 million people,it will have to accept free movement of EU citizens. Photograph: (Getty)

WION United Kingdom Jun 30, 2016, 09.21 AM (IST)
Conservative Party member Theresa May said in an article published in The Times, London, on Thursday she was set to launch her campaign for the position of the leader of the Tory party and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

"Today I will launch my campaign to become the leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. And I do so for three clear reasons. First, following last week’s referendum, our country needs strong, proven leadership to steer us through this period of economic and political uncertainty, and to negotiate the best possible terms as we leave the European Union," she wrote in the piece.

Her article assumes significance in a scenario where former London mayor Boris Johnson's name was still doing the rounds as the front-runner for the Prime Minister's position following David Cameron's decision to step down. Johnson was one of the foremost 'Leave" campaigners.

Barely a few hours before the nominations for the leadership of the Tory party closed on Thursday, Johnson announced he was no longer in the race for Prime Ministership after Micheal Gove, justice minister, announced that he would no longer support his candidature.

Now the contest is pitched between Gove and May who as the interior minister campaigned to remain in the EU.

May pitched the Tories as the only solid option for UK "with the labour party tearing itself to pieces".

"We need leadership that can unite our party and our country. With the Labour Party tearing itself to pieces, and divisive nationalists in Scotland and Wales, it is the patriotic duty of the Conservative Party to unite and govern in the best interests of the whole country," she wrote.

"We need a bold, new, positive vision for the future of our country — a vision of a country that works not for a privileged few but for everyone, regardless of who they are and regardless of where they’re from."

May went on to write about the hardships the poor and the marginalised faced in today's Britain. "If you’re born poor in today’s Britain, you will die on average nine years earlier than others. If you’re black, you’re treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you’re white. If you’re a white, working-class boy, you’re less likely than anybody else in Britain to go to university." 

May wrote she will be arguing in favour of a new and radical programme of social reform. This programme will include big changes to the way Britian thinks about its economy, its society and its democracy. She stressed that she was a believer in capitalism and free markets, but where capitalism was not helping to provide opportunity for all, she wanted to reform it.

"We need to think differently about the role of the state. Instead of thinking of it always as the problem, we should acknowledge that often it is only the state that can provide solutions to the problems we face. So yes, the state needs to be small, but it needs to be strong."

She added, "Under my leadership, the motives of the Conservative Party will never be in any doubt. We will put ourselves at the service of ordinary, working people and we will strive to make Britain a country that works for everyone, regardless of who they are and regardless of where they’re from."

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