British PM candidate apologises for 'mother' comment

The political landscape in the UK has been smashed by last month’s vote to leave the European Union.

British Conservative party leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom stops to pose for photographers as she arrives at the BBC television centre in London to appear on "The Andrew Marr Show" in London on July 3, 2016. British media reported Saturday that energy minister and Brexit backer, Leadsom, has become the favourite to face Theresa May on the ballot paper. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Another turbulent week in British politics has begun with a personal row between the two candidates to become the next prime minister as well a challenge for the leadership of the main opposition party.

The political landscape in the UK has been smashed by last month's vote to leave the European Union.

One of the two female candidates to become the next prime minister has issued an apology to the other after saying she would make a better leader of the country because she has children.

Conservative candidate Andrea Leadsom complained that she had been misquoted on the comments, in which she said that, as a mother, she had a bigger stake in the future of the country. Her comments have been roundly condemned.

In the opposition Labour party ranks, there has also been disharmony, following a formal challenge to the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

Widely seen as ineffective, he has lost the backing of most of his Members of Parliament.

Now both leadership elections will be decided by party members.