Issued: July 11, 2016
STATEMENT: Theresa May and leadership of the Conservative Party
"I am delighted that for the second time the Conservative Party will be led by a female Prime Minister and send my congratulations to Theresa May. It is fitting that someone who has done so much for the prospects of women in politics will now have the top job.
"The dominating issue for the next months and years will be negotiating the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. These are uncertain and challenging times but they are also exciting and full of opportunity.
"I have no doubt that Theresa’s vast experience in international and domestic politics has equipped her to meet these challenges and that as Prime Minister she will unite our country and ensure we make a success of Brexit.
"On a personal note, I have known and worked with Theresa for over 20 years and I have every confidence that she will be a really brilliant Prime Minister."