Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom have made it through the second round of voting and been selected by Conservative MPs to battle for Number 10.

Home Secretary Theresa May received the overwhelming number of votes, with 199 Tory MPs voting for her to be their next leader.

Energy minister Andrea Leadsom came in second place, receiving 84 votes, and justice secretary Michael Gove, who has now been eliminated from the contest, received 46 votes.

The contest started with five MPs – Liam Fox was eliminated in the first round and Stephen Crabb pulled out, lending his support to May.

Graphic showing the results of the second round of voting.

It is now a two-horse race between May and Leadsom, with grassroots Conservative party members voting between the two candidates.

The result means it is now certain that Britain’s next Prime Minister will be a woman.

Photo dated 07/10/86 of Margaret Thatcher.
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The country has had one female Prime Minister before, Margaret Thatcher, who also led the Conservatives.