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“Rachel Sylvester: What is the main difference between you and Theresa May?
Andrea Leadsom: In terms of the country I think I absolutely understand how the economy works and can really focus on turning it around. In terms of personal qualities I see myself as one an optimist and two a huge member of a huge family and that’s important, my kids are a huge part of my life, my sisters my two brothers who are half brothers my mum and step dad’s sons who are very close, huge part of a family so very grounded and normal, enormously optimistic.
Sylvester: Does your family inform your politics?
Leadsom: Oh, totally.
Sylvester: During the euro debates, you said several times ‘as a mum’ . Do you feel like a mum in politics?
Sylvester: Why and how?
Leadsom: So, really carefully, because I am sure, I don’t really know Theresa very well but I am sure she will be really sad she doesn’t have children so I don’t want this to be ‘Andrea has children, Theresa hasn’t’, because I think that would be really horrible but, genuinely, I feel being a mum means you have a very real stake in the future of our country, a tangible stake. She possibly has nieces, nephews, lots of people. But I have children who are going to have children who will directly be a part of what happens next. So it really keeps you focussed on what are you really saying, because what it means is you don’t want a downturn but never mind, ten years hence it will all be fine, my childen will be starting their lives in that next ten years so I have a real stake in the next year, the next two.”
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The Times‘s report of the interview can be read here.
It’s unclear whether Leadsom is claiming, in the tweet above and in others, that a) the Times doctored the transcript or b) that its reporting is irresponsible or c) that she believed her remarks were “off the record”. If b), our readers will make up their own minds.