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Matt Hancock announces bid for PM

Health secretary Matt Hancock has put himself forward to be next prime minister following Theresa May’s resignation.

Mr Hancock took the role of health secretary in July 2018, taking over from Jeremy Hunt – who has also announced his candidacy – having previously served as culture, media and sport secretary for six months.

Since becoming health secretary, Mr Hancock has focused on introducing new technology into the NHS, and was behind the NHS long-term plan, which emphasised GP practices working together as part of networks.

Mr Hancock told Sky News: ‘I’m running for the next prime minister because I profoundly believe we need a leader for the future and not just for now.

‘We need to deliver Brexit, and I will deliver Brexit, and we need to move this country forward, taking all the opportunities that Brexit brings.’

He added that a ‘no deal’ Brexit was ‘not an active policy choice that is available to the next prime minister’ because MPs had already voted against it.

He becomes the fifth MP to announce a bid for the leadership, following Mr Hunt, international development secretary Rory Stewart, former foreign secretary Boris Johnson and former work and pensions secretary Esther McVey

 

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  • There must be many a village idiot that’s less gormless!

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  • Cobblers

    Oh dear...snigger. ROTFLMAO

    Mind you could say the same about most of the lacklustre bunch.

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  • Oh dear. He is a bit naive.

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  • A last ditch grab for the top notch by its members before this party is history

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  • Surely he had an App for that?

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  • Vinci Ho

    The more candidates throwing their names into this race( Michael Gove is the eighth ) , the more divided in the party it had demonstrated. Fundamentally, this is a war of two ideologies : no-deal versus soft Brexit . But this is a ‘referendum’ within a political party , even more destructive and devastating! .What will this Conservative party become in post-apocalypse, nobody knows ? I feel sorry for those hard core Tory supporters 🤓🤫

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  • A poison chalice awaits anyone who touch it. Maybe he thinks his IT would solve it.

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  • Why apply for a temporary position!

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  • please-delete-this-fucking-profile-i-cant-delete-it-in-my-account-settings

    This guy is way too inexperienced, he'd be squashed by anybody on the world circuit who wasn't nice to him. He's a virtual child on the political stage - all his policies will be fed to him by focus groups and lobbyists- we need someone with a bit of grunt, not this lightweight- after ten years doing something real maybe but a background in media relations and a few months saying very little in health care isn't reason to think you can head up the United Kingdom matie

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