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US NewsTheresa May Formally Steps Down As Tory Leader

18:01  07 june  2019
18:01  07 june  2019 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

No-hope Tory leader candidates urged to pull out of race

No-hope Tory leader candidates urged to pull out of race No-hope Tory leadership candidates have been urged to pull out of the crowded race to replace Theresa May by a senior minister. Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said the party could not risk weeks of "navel-gazing" as the clock ticks down towards Brexit on 31 October. With more candidates set to declare in the coming days, he told colleagues to "think carefully" about the race dubbed the Grand National of political contests.

Theresa May will officially step down as the leader of the Conservative Party on Friday, but will remain as prime minister until her successor is chosen. Mrs May announced her resignation two weeks ago, saying it was a matter of deep regret that she had been unable to deliver Brexit.

Theresa May will officially step down as the leader of the Conservative Party on Friday, but will remain as prime minister until her successor is chosen. Eleven Conservative MPs are vying to replace her as party leader and ultimately, prime minister. Nominations open from 10:00 BST on Monday and close

Theresa May Formally Steps Down As Tory Leader © AP 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.

“It will always remain a matter of deep regret for me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,” she said in an emotional speech outside Number 10.

First MP pulls out of Tory leadership race

First MP pulls out of Tory leadership race James Cleverly has pulled out of the race to be Britain's next prime minister, saying it is "highly unlikely" he would have won. The Brexit minister admitted that since launching his campaign it had become clear "MPs weren't comfortable" with his pitch of selecting a new face and moving on to other issues "quickly" after delivering Brexit. He brings the number of candidates vying to replace Theresa May down to 12, slightly narrowing an already crowded field. Mr Cleverly had won the backing of the necessary two MPs needed to make it on to the ballot paper.

Theresa May has bowed to intense pressure from her own party and named 7 June as the day she will step aside as Conservative leader , drawing her turbulent May ’s announcement came after a meeting with Graham Brady, the chair of the backbench Tory 1922 Committee, which was prepared to trigger

Theresa May will today formally stand down as Tory leader . Once Mrs May officially confirms her decision a call for candidates to replace her will Mrs May prepares to step down amid a growing row with Chancellor Philip Hammond over her plans to leave with a series of big spending announcements.

“It is now clear to me that it is in the best interest of the UK for a new PM to lead that effort.”

There are currently 11 Tory MPs vying to replace May as leader of the Conservative Party, with nominations set to close on Monday.

Two contenders – Kit Malthouse and Brexit minister James Cleverly – have already dropped out of the race.

TORY LEADERSHIP CANDIDATES:

Michael Gove – environment secretary

Jeremy Hunt – foreign secretary

Matt Hancock – health secretary

Sajid Javid – home secretary

Rory Stewart – international development secretary

Boris Johnson – former foreign secretary

Dominic Raab – former Brexit secretary

Esther McVey – former work and pensions secretary

Andrea Leadsom – former Commons leader

Sam Gyimah – former universities minister

Mark Harper – former chief whip

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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