Andrea Leadsom apologises for controversial motherhood comments

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Andrea Leadsom has apologised to Theresa May for her controversial comments on motherhood, despite accusing The Times of "gutter journalism" when they printed her remarks over the weekend.

In a fresh interview with The Telegraph, Leadsom said: "I absolutely said, what I specifically said, is that motherhood should not play a part in the campaign."

British ruling Conservative Party Member of Parliament Andrea Leadsom launches her campaign to be the party's new leader in London.
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"I was pressed to say how my children had formed my views. I didn't want it to be used as an issue. Having children has no bearing on the ability to be PM. I deeply regret that anyone has got the impression that I think otherwise.

"I've already said to Theresa how very sorry I am for any hurt I have caused and how that article said completely the opposite of what I said and believe."

The original article in The Times ran the headline: "Being a mother gives me edge on May -- Leadsom."

A transcript of the interview released by the newspaper showed the energy minister saying: "I am sure Theresa will be really sad she doesn't have children so I don't want this to be 'Andrea has children, Theresa hasn't' because I think that would be really horrible but genuinely I feel that being a mum means you have a very real stake in the future of our country, a tangible stake.

"She possibly has nieces, nephews, lots of people, but I have children who are going to have children who will directly be a part of what happens next."