British leadership race down to three as candidate pulls out

London (AFP) - Three candidates remain in the running to replace British Prime Minister David Cameron as Conservative leader after candidate Stephen Crabb announced he was pulling out on Tuesday.

Work and pensions secretary Crabb told BBC News he was dropping out and giving his "wholehearted support" to frontrunner Theresa May after he received just 34 votes in the first ballot of Conservative lawmakers, to May's 165.

May, who campaigned for Britain to remain in the European Union in last month's referendum, now faces pro-Brexit campaigners Andrea Leadsom and Michael Gove in the final three, with the next round of voting due on Thursday.