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    Home Secretary Theresa May could get significant backing from both sides of Britain’s EU exit debate in the ruling Conservative party, sources in the party told the Guardian newspaper on Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Tories are preparing to vote on a new prime minister by October to replace David Cameron, who declared his resignation on Friday after the UK’s vote to leave the European Union.

    The former London mayor and the face of the Leave campaign, Boris Johnson, is widely perceived as the frontrunner for the nomination, but senior Tories told the Guardian that he lacked experience.

    According to the outlet, May kept a low profile throughout the EU debate and could bring both sides closer together during the stop-the-frontrunner campaign for leadership in the ruling party.

    A committee of Conservative members of parliament is due to meet on Monday to agree on the rules of choosing a party leader, with a shortlist of just two candidates expected by the end of July. The new leader will be voted on in September and announced at the party conference in October.

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