Home Secretary Theresa May has been elected leader of the ruling Conservative Party to replace Prime Minister David Cameron, the party says, putting her one step away from becoming Britain's new leader.
"I can now declare that Mrs May has been elected the new leader of the Conservative Party with immediate effect," Graham Brady, chairman of the election committee, told reporters following consultations.
After the withdrawal of the only other candidate, Andrea Leadsom, Brady had said he would need to "get the clear views of the Conservative Party board" on how to proceed.
A large majority of the party's 330 members of parliament backed May, and Cameron said she has the "overwhelming support of the Conservative parliamentary party." He said he expects her to take over as prime minister on Wednesday evening.