The minister gained 165 of 329 votes of the fellow MPs in the first round of the election for leadership in the ruling Conservative party. Her closest rival Andrea Leadsom, Minister of State for Energy, gained 66 votes. Third place went to Michael Gove, the Justice Minister (48 votes).
The next round of election will define the two candidates to continue the struggle for the Prime Minister’s chair and leadership in the party. The new Premier will be elected in November 2016 at the common session of the Conservative party.