Andrea Leadsom apologises for controversial motherhood comments


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."