Here are the 5 things Theresa May talked about in her launch speech

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Theresa May launched her national campaign to become Conservative leader and prime minster today, less than an hour before Andrea Leadsom stepped down from the leadership race.

It is not known whether there will still be a contest - with third-placed Michael Gove on the ballot - or if May will become prime minister unchallenged.

Here are the 5 things she talked about in her speech.

1. Brexit means Brexit.

"Brexit means Brexit and we are going to make a success of it. There will be no attempts to remain inside the EU," May said. She also explicitly ruled out a second referendum. When asked if she would compromise on freedom of movement to remain part of the single market, May said she would seek out the "best deal in trade and goods and services" but "free movement cannot continue as it has done up until now".

2. Bringing unity is a priority.

Theresa May at the speech
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May spoke of generational divides between the young and the old, and the "gaping chasm between a wealthy London and the rest of the country". May is standing as the unity candidate - she wants to unite the Conservative party and the country.

3. Big businesses need controlling.

May said she would introduce a "different type of conservatism" which breaks away from the party's past by intervening more in business. Proposed policies include putting consumers and employees on company boards, making shareholder votes on corporate pay binding not just advisory, and aligning corporate pay to staff pay.

4. Campaigning should focus on the arguments.

Andrea Leadsom.
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When asked about Andrea Leadsom's apology over her controversial motherhood remarks, May said she accepted the apology, and wanted to talk about her campaign and what she planned for the country. She added that she supported a clean campaign pledge, and thought the country's priority was to hear the arguments.

5. There is one rule of law in Britain.

A general view of the Royal Courts of Justice.
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Amidst concerns that her Sharia Law enquiry would be too kind to the Islamic justice system, May said that at least she had done something about the problem where other politicians had ignored it. She said there is one rule of law in Britain, which was why the enquiry was set up.