“So at the same time as running this leadership campaign, I shall be looking very carefully at exactly what the answers are to those questions and coming up with a very specific plan.”
Mrs Leadsom, who is expected to launch her campaign in London tomorrow, took the decision to stand at 9.45pm on Wednesday, shortly before close of nominations at noon on Thursday.
“I have three kids and a very close family, so it was not an easy decision. I am a mum first and foremost. Family always comes first but on Wednesday night I finally came to the decision that I actually had to do this.”