The Conservative Party in Britain on Thursday narrowed down the contenders for the next prime minister to two candidates: Home Affairs Secretary Theresa May and Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom, according to numerous reports.
Whether May or Leadsom wins the final vote in September, it is now confirmed that the next prime minister will be a woman-the first since Margaret Thatcher and the Parliament's second female leader in its history.
Gove, 48, came third in Tuesday's first-round vote and is seen by some Tories as untrustworthy after he ditched his support for former London Mayor Boris Johnson - who had been expected to run for Conservative leader - and declared himself a candidate instead.
Mrs May said she had won support from MPs from across the party "left and right, leavers and remainers", while her supporters pointed out that Mrs Leadsom's support was mainly drawn from the Brexit-backing wing.
Andrea Leadsom, 53, was born in Aylesbury and was elected as MP for South Northamptonshire when the constituency was created in 2010.
They would be mostly over 50, disproportionately male, and "overwhelmingly middle class", he said.
May, 59, is the clear frontrunner, earning the most votes - 199 - in a balloting of Conservative lawmakers that concluded Thursday.
Leadsom's plainspoken, common-sense style and strong opposition to the European Union have made her popular with the party's grassroots membership, which is older and more euroskeptic than the British average.
'She's the future. What you want is someone who's not been in the Westminster bubble, she's had a real job in the real world and that's what people are looking for.
"Now is the time for me and my team to take my case out to the party members in the country", she told the press outside Parliament shortly after the result was declared. Yesterday he headed up a march in her support in the capital.
Anyone wanting to vote has to have been a member of the Conservative Party by 9 June.
Leadsom "is in favor of austerity measures to reign in British debt, and is opposed to tax increases whenever possible", IJ Review reported.
Mr Loughton said the results showed a "quirky" choice for the party, adding: "They both went to state schools, they are both women, hey, that's pretty quirky for the Tory party".
Ms Leadsom herself has insisted she has "no allegiances" to Ukip, and one of her key Conservative supporters today stressed that it was Tory members, not Ukip activists, who would decide the next leader.