MAIDENHEAD MP Theresa May is in line to be the next Prime Minister after her only challenger Andrea Leadsom withdrew from the contest.

She has been officially confirmed as the new Conservative Party leader, and David Cameron announced earlier today that he would be replaced on Wednesday.

The current Home Secretary was up against the energy minister for the leadership of the Conservative Party, after seeing off the challenge of Michael Gove, Stephen Crabb and Liam Fox in votes among Conservative MPs.

But Ms Leadsom has announced today she would be withdrawing. In a statement she said: "A nine week campaign is clearly not in the interests of jobs, growth and certainty at this momentous time for the UK.

"Theresa May has then support of more than 60% of our parliamentary colleagues and will be able to provide the strong and unifying government that we urgently need."

Mrs May is now set to take up office at Number 10 after David Cameron stood down following the EU referendum result which saw Britain vote to leave the European Union last month.