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US NewsTory Leadership Race Narrows To 10 Candidates As Sam Gymiah Drops Out

21:05  10 june  2019
21:05  10 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.

The final candidates for the Tory leadership race have been confirmed, with 10 Sam Gyimah, the only contender backing another referendum on Brexit, withdrew from the race shortly after Environment Secretary Mr Gove, who has faced calls to drop out of the race after he admitted using

The out -and- out favourite, so popular with the Tory grassroots – polling for the Times showed he is the first choice of 39% of them, with Dominic Raab The former House of Commons leader , who left Theresa May as the last candidate standing when she pulled out of the previous leadership race in

Tory Leadership Race Narrows To 10 Candidates As Sam Gymiah Drops Out © HuffPost UK Jeremy Hunt at his leadership bid launch on Monday.

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.

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.

Another Tory leadership contender has dropped out of the race for No 10 , as the party agreed fast-track rules to weed out candidates with little chance of Theresa May stands down as Conservative Party leader on Friday - but stay in No 10 until late July. Another Tory leadership contender drops

Leadership rivals Jeremy Hunt, Matt Hancock and Dominic Raab are today launching their Michael Gove needs to step away from the leadership race . It’s completely inappropriate for him to Leadsom ran against Theresa May in the 2016 leadership election before dropping out , allowing May to

Sam Gyimah, who was the only Tory runner to call for a second referendum, announced he is pulling out of the race because there has “not been enough time to build sufficient support”.

In the past, candidates needed just two MPs supporting them, but the 1922 Committee decided to change the rules earlier this month in an effort to speed up the contest.

Under another rule change, contenders now need to win the backing of at least 16 MPs in the first ballot this Thursday and then 32 colleagues in the second round next week.

All 313 Conservative MPs will vote in a series of private Commons ballots to reduce the shortlist to just two names.

The final two will then be on the ballot paper and stage a series of hustings around the country before 160,000 Tory members cast their votes. A winner, and new prime minister, will be announced in July.

Earlier, four contenders launched their campaigns with speeches and press conferences at various locations in Westminster.

Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab and Matt Hancock all claimed they were the one with the best policies to deliver Brexit and restore the party’s fortunes.

Hammond: No-deal Brexit could break up the UK.
The chancellor is to challenge the remaining Tory leadership contenders to lay out their "Plan B" if their Brexit proposals falter when one of them becomes prime minister. Philip Hammond will also hint a second referendum could be needed to break the current deadlock over the UK's departure from the EU, scheduled for 31 October. In a speech in the City of London, Mr Hammond, who has not declared who he is backing, will claim a no-deal Brexit could hit the public finances, risk the break-up of the UK and damage the economy.

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