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05:25  17 june  2019
05:25  17 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

Theresa May Formally Steps Down As Tory Leader

Theresa May Formally Steps Down As Tory Leader Theresa May has officially stepped down as the leader of the Conservative Party, firing the starting pistol on the race to replace her in Number 10 . However, May will remain in Downing Street as prime minister until a new Tory Party leader has chosen. It is thought the new leader – and in effect, new PM, – will be announced the week beginning July 22. Announcing her plans to resign two weeks ago, May said Brexit – and her failure to whip up support in the Commons for her Brexit deal – was behind her decision to step down.

Boris Johnson is under growing pressure to take part in televised Tory leadership hustings, with broadcasters saying they will embarrass the potential Johnson is “in discussions” with broadcasters, according to his spokesman. The producers of the Channel 4 debate, which will be shown on Sunday

Boris Johnson ’s leadership campaign was gathering steam on Thursday, amid deep concern The former foreign secretary gained two significant endorsements – Johnny Mercer, who had been Williamson, a former chief whip, told his local paper, the Express and Star: “He’s the one who can

Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support © Provided by The Press Association Boris Johnson was criticised after failing to appear in the television debate (Peter Byrne/PA)

Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership bid has received a new boost with the backing of Health Secretary Matt Hancock who pulled out of the contest last week.

Despite having ruled out a no-deal Brexit during his campaign, in contrast to Mr Johnson, he said the former foreign secretary was now the best candidate to re-unite the fractured Conservative Party.

His endorsement came after the clear frontrunner was criticised for failing to appear in the first of the televised leadership debates staged by Channel 4 on Sunday evening.

Tory Leadership Race Narrows To 10 Candidates As Sam Gymiah Drops Out

Tory Leadership Race Narrows To 10 Candidates As Sam Gymiah Drops Out The Tory leadership race has narrowed to 10 candidates in the contest to replace Theresa May, the joint acting chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee Dame Cheryl Gillan has said. The battle finally began officially as party grandees announced the full list of contenders who had mustered the required eight backers needed to stand. Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab, Sajid Javid, Matt Hancock were all in formally confirmed as candidates, the backbench 1922 Committee announced. Esther McVey, Andrea Leadsom, Mark Harper and Rory Stewart were also in the contest.

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Writing in The Times, Mr Hancock said: “Having considered all the options, I’m backing Boris Johnson as the best candidate to unite the Conservative party, so we can deliver Brexit and then unite the country behind an open, ambitious, forward-looking agenda, delivered with the energy that gets stuff done.”

He said he believed Mr Johnson had a “unique personality” which would bring the Tories together behind a Brexit deal, adding: “We need that unity in the Conservative party, and then in the country. Let’s move forward.”

Boris Johnson Agrees To BBC's Tory Leadership Debate - But Not Channel 4's

Boris Johnson Agrees To BBC's Tory Leadership Debate - But Not Channel 4's Boris Johnson has committed to taking part in a Conservative Party leadership debate with other candidates on the BBC next Tuesday. 

Boris Johnson will be represented by an empty podium in a television debate on Sunday night as his five Hancock will now spend the weekend weighing up whether to support Michael Gove, or simply throw On the Irish backstop, leadership contenders are Tories in Wonderland | Bobby McDonagh.

Boris Johnson ’s hopes of seizing the Conservative leadership have received a boost as a fresh survey of members revealed that more than half would back him for the first time. Boris Johnson is forty points clear of his nearest rival Rory Stewart in the poll of Tory members.

Mr Johnson also picked up the support over the weekend of former work and pensions secretary Esther McVey who was eliminated in the first round of voting by MPs.

Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support © David Mirzoeff Health Secretary Matt Hancock (David Mirzoeff/PA)

However, it is far from clear the 20 MPs who supported Mr Hancock in the first ballot will now follow him in backing Mr Johnson.

Mr Johnson, who has been under fire over his reluctance to face media scrutiny, is likely to face further criticism after refusing to take part in a hustings on Monday organised by political journalists at Westminster.

Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support © Provided by The Press Association Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid during the Channel 4 debate (Tim Anderson/Channel 4/PA)

Instead he chose to use his column in The Daily Telegraph to announce plans to extend full-fibre broadband to every home in the country by within five years, nine years ahead of the Government’s 2033 target.

Lord Sugar backs Boris Johnson as PM despite Brexit jail demand

Lord Sugar backs Boris Johnson as PM despite Brexit jail demand Lord Sugar has backed Boris Johnson as the next prime minister - despite having previously suggested he should be jailed for misleading the public over Brexit. He voiced his opinions on the leading Tory candidate on Sky's Ian King Live on Friday, saying he was "delighted" that Mr Johnson looks like he will be the next Prime Minister. Lord Sugar said: "And the reason for that is because in a bizarre way, when the next general election comes up, I think the voting public will far prefer him than Jeremy Corbyn. "So anybody who will stop Corbyn getting into power is going to be backed by me.

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (born 19 June 1964), better known as Boris Johnson , is a British politician, journalist and popular historian who has been the Member of Parliament (MP)

Boris Johnson is the heavy favourite to be the next Prime MinisterCredit: SWNS A leading Tory activist compared BoJo to HITLER in a furious rant. But Boris won a boost with He won the support of Apprentice tycoon Lord Sugar, who tweeted: "I seriously back @ BorisJohnson to be the new PM.

“A fast internet connection is not some metropolitan luxury. It is an indispensable tool of modern life,” he said.

“It is therefore a disgrace that this country should suffer from a deep digital divide, so that many rural areas and towns are simply left behind.”

Mr Johnson has said he will take part in a BBC debate on Tuesday, after the second round of voting, when the field of candidates will have been whittled down further.

He was however was taunted about his absence in Sunday’s event by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt who said it raised questions about his ability to take on the job of prime minister.

“Where is Boris? If his team won’t allow him out with five pretty friendly colleagues, how is is he going to fare with 27 European countries?” he said.

The sharpest exchanges were however dominated by Dominic Raab’s refusal to rule out suspending Parliament to push through a no-deal Brexit.

The former Brexit secretary said he did not think it was likely “but it is not illegal”.

Who won and who lost the Tory leadership debate?

Who won and who lost the Tory leadership debate? When the five Tory leadership candidates arrived for the first TV debate of the campaign at studios in east London, they were greeted by a woman in a chicken costume. The aim, of course, was to portray Boris Johnson as "chicken" for not turning up, a decision he will either now feel vindicated about or regret handing a propaganda coup to his opponents. Inside the hall, one of the six lecterns for the candidates to stand behind was vacant. At least they didn't have the candidates' names on them to remind viewers who was missing.

I think Boris knows that.” Former Tory leadership contender Esther McVey declared her support for Mr Johnson to replace Theresa May yesterday. The ex-work and pensions secretary dropped out of the race on Thursday when she failed to secure enough votes from fellow MPs to move on to the next

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Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support
Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support

“The moment that we telegraph to the EU we are not willing to walk away at the end of October we take away our best shot of a deal,” he said.

International Development Secretary Rory Stewart said shutting down Parliament was “undemocratic” and “deeply disturbing” and would not work.

Mr Hunt said it was the “wrong thing to do” while Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “You don’t deliver democracy by trashing democracy.

“We are not selecting a dictator.”

Boost for Boris Johnson as former Tory contender Hancock declares his support © Provided by The Press Association Dominic Raab (left) and Rory Stewart clash in the Channel 4 debate (Tim Anderson/Channel 4/PA)

Mr Raab warned that Parliament could not stop a determined prime minister, saying: “It is near impossible to stop a government that is serious.”

That drew a sharp retort from Environment Secretary Michael Gove who told him: “I will defend our democracy.

“You cannot take Britain out of the EU against the will of Parliament.”

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