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Andrea Leadsom refuses to rule out future leadership bid

The Brexit hardliner refused to rule out another shot at the top job in future—but said she backs May to seek a good deal

By Alex Dean  

Photo: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire/PA Images

Only a few years ago, few outside politics had heard of Andrea Leadsom. Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire since 2010, Leadsom became a junior minister and then reached the lower ranks of the cabinet in 2015. But she flew below the radar. In the referendum she was a relatively low-profile Leave campaigner: at least compared with some names.

Yet today she is one of the most important political players in the Brexit debate. Leadsom shot to national attention in 2016 when, in the wake of the Brexit…

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