Hancock drops out of Tory leadership race

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has bailed out of the race to be the next Conservative Party Leader.

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He has told the London Evening Standard that: “I was trying to make the argument that we needed to concentrate on the candidate for the future, but it’s clear that the party is looking for a candidate for the unique circumstances that we face now.”

Only 20 Tory MPs backed him in yesterday’s first round. It now means that four candidates have been eliminated, with Boris Johnson the runaway favourite.

Michael Gove, Rory Stewart, Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab and Jeremy Hunt remain in the contest to be the next Prime Minister.