1. Set up shot of Professor Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs, King's College London
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Professor Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs, King's College London:
“So now that Andrea Leadsom has pulled out, you have a race with one contestant, and the influential 1922 Committee which decides these things on behalf of Conservative MPs, has said that now, Theresa May is the winner. So what needs to be sorted are the time scales for her taking over as leader of the party, and more importantly for most people, Prime Minister. But that contest is now over. Any thought there might have been among the commentariat that this means that Michael Gove can come back into the race, or we have to start again, that’s just not going to happen. The 1922 Committee has ruled. Their rules are binding and their rulings are binding, and so Theresa May has won the contest."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Professor Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs, King's College London:
"As for timing, there has been a lot of speculation about the fact that David Cameron wanted to stay on in power because he wanted to go to the G20 for his great farewell in September. I think his mentioning of October as the deadline for having a leader was predicated on the fact he thought there would be a contest. Personally I think she will want to take over sooner rather than later, not least because in the current context - uncertainty over Brexit, uncertainty over currency markets - we need leadership, and one of the reasons we are having all this uncertainty is that we have essentially a lame duck Prime Minister now. So I think people inside of government will be saying to her 'take over as soon as possible and you can provide the leadership that is now lacking'."
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Professor Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs, King's College London:
"Obviously one of the first things that she's going to have to deal with is the question of Brexit and the aftermath of the referendum. Theresa May is on record as saying that she won't trigger Article 50 until next year. Now it remains to be seen whether that was predicated on the assumption that she wouldn't become Prime Minister until September or October, in which case I suppose it's feasible that she will do it earlier, or whether that was because she wanted enough time to think things through, to take soundings from other Europeans. We're in the middle of July now, most people are going to be on holiday in the other member states in August. It might be that she still sticks to that original timetable of next year sometime. She clearly was in no hurry to trigger Article 50."
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Professor Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs, King's College London:
"We do have this remarkable situation in British politics now where the people who led a fantastically successful campaign that got 17 million people to vote to leave the European Union have all but disappeared. The leaders of the leave campaign in the Labour party where always invisible in the Labour party, and they've reverted back into being invisible in the Labour party. In the Conservative party, the main figures, the Boris Johnsons, the Michael Goves have either pulled out or been beaten in the leadership contest. What will be interesting to see if who if any of them Theresa May decides to appoint as senior figures in her government."