July 10, 2019 / 12:20 PM / 3 months ago

UK's May says whoever wins Conservative battle will be an excellent PM

FILE PHOTO - A combination pictures shows Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, leadership candidates for Britain's Conservative Party, attending a hustings event in Cardiff, Wales, Britain, July 6, 2019. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

LONDON (Reuters) - Whoever wins the race to become Conservative Party leader will make an excellent prime minister, outgoing British leader Theresa May said in parliament on Wednesday.

Boris Johnson is the frontrunner to succeed May in the contest with his successor as foreign minister Jeremy Hunt. They will inherit a parliament in which the Conservative Party does not have a majority. May has governed with the support of a small Northern Irish Party.

Asked how she could be sure her successor would be able to command a majority in parliament, May said: “The next leader of the Conservative Party will, I believe, be an excellent prime minister, whichever of the candidates wins.”

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and William James; editing by Stephen Addison

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