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Below is the text of the statement issued by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, after the first round of voting in the Conservative Party leadership contest on 5 July 2016.

I am pleased with this result, and very grateful to my colleagues for their support today.

There is a big job before us: to unite our party and the country, to negotiate the best possible deal as we leave the EU, and to make Britain work for everyone.

I am the only candidate capable of delivering these three things as prime minister, and tonight it is clear that I am also the only one capable of drawing support from the whole of the Conservative party.

I look forward to continuing the debate about Britain’s future – in parliament and across the country.