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Monday, 11 July 2016
Andrea Leadsom apologises to Theresa May over motherhood remark
In the Times, Mrs Leadsom had discussed her bid to become the next leader of the Conservative Party, and therefore the UK's next prime minister.
She said Mrs May, the home secretary and Mrs Leadsom's rival, who has no children - "possibly has nieces, nephews, lots of people.
"But I have children who are going to have children who will directly be part of what happens next".
Mrs Leadsom told the Daily Telegraph motherhood should not play a part in the Conservative leadership campaign and added that she deeply regretted "that anyone has got the impression that I think otherwise".
She went on to say the Times article "said completely the opposite of what I said and believe" and that the criticism she faced since left her feeling "under attack, under enormous pressure - it has been shattering".
"I was pressed to say how my children had formed my views. I didn't want it to be used as an issue," she said.
Among those who had criticised Mrs Leadsom over her original comments were business minister Anna Soubry, who said her comments meant she was "not PM material", while Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said there was a "gulf in class" between the two candidates.
He told ITV's Good Morning Britain on Monday: "I was talking about the wider operation here, which is during the course of the last week we have seen the most remarkable and unprecedented attempts to cast Andrea Leadsom in the most ridiculous ways."
He also said Mrs Leadsom was "angry" over the coverage of her motherhood comments and that her apology to Mrs May was "heartfelt".