Leadsom under fire for her comments on motherhood
Tory leadership hopeful Andrea Leadsom has apologised to her rival Theresa May for her comments implying being a mother made her a better candidate for prime minister.
The energy minister told the Daily Telegraph: “I’ve already said to Theresa how very sorry I am for any hurt I have caused.”
The BBC reports that Leadsom texted May to apologise later while the latter’s aides said the home secretary was “grateful” for the message.
Leadsom’s comments were made in an article in the Times which she said did not fairly represent her views.
She lashing out the paper saying the 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.