LONDON (AP) – A former candidate to lead Britain’s Conservative Party has thrown her support behind front-runner Boris Johnson.
Andrea Leadsom, an ardent backer of Britain’s exit from the European Union, told LBC Radio that she’s backing Johnson, because “I think he will be a very good leader for our country.”
Leadsom’s endorsement came as the leadership contenders move to a knockout round and television debate Tuesday.
The goal is to win the coveted slot on the postal ballot being sent to Conservative Party members nationwide – a vote that will decide the next leader and the next prime minister.
The contest will choose a replacement for Prime Minister Theresa May, who stepped down as party leader earlier this month after failing to secure Parliament’s approval for her Brexit deal.