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.”
Thank you for all your support. I have decided to withdraw from the race to be the next leader of the Conservative Party. I will now look for the best way to advance the values we fought for. pic.twitter.com/OGcAjf0S0f
— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) June 14, 2019
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.