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Matt Hancock quits Tory leadership race

Health secretary Matt Hancock has quit the race to become Prime Minister, having finished sixth in the first round of voting among Conservative Party MPs.

Mr Hancock said that he had been ‘encouraged and humbled’ by the amount of support he has had in the campaign.

After the first round of voting, Mr Hancock narrowly exceeded the threshold of MP support needed to remain in the race.

He told the BBC: 'I’ve been incredibly encouraged and humbled by the amount of support that I’ve had in this campaign.

'I’ve tried to make the argument about the values that the Conservative Party needs to hold dear, of free enterprise and support for a free society and being open and optimistic and enthusiastic about the future.'

He added: 'But the party clearly is looking for a candidate to deal with the here and now. I very much put myself forward as the candidate focused on the future.

'And so I’ve decided to withdraw from the race and instead see how best I can advance those values within the party and the big and difficult tasks we’ve got ahead.'

Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt came second in the first round of voting, way behind former foreign secretary Boris Johnson.

 

Readers' comments (6)

  • 6th is not great is it - about average in the scheme of things. hunt went for the opposite of BJ which is typical of Hunt, what ever suits to get the prize job. One remembers so clearly when he stated he was a health man and then oops - off to the FO. Can we have BJ for health secretary if he fails cause at least he would say he is totally the wrong person for the job but it would be a laugh to watch him try to comment on health behaviour

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  • Incredible how politicians speak. "Humbled by the amount of support". You mean lack of support hence dropped out of the race?

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

    Well at 41, if he does a Jeremy Corbyn (70), he's still got 30 years in which to have another go

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  • AL "4 TRIES IN ONE GAME" BUNDY

    they just keep running the clock down dont they
    .. tory leadership palava ..
    then general election ..
    oops like appraisal..
    it will soon be October brexit deadline time again..
    no further extensions this time
    cancel brexit or
    no deal brexit..

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  • AL "4 TRIES IN ONE GAME" BUNDY

    p.s. poor Nazanin ...
    Jeremy is moving on again
    Jeremy hunt has eye on his next move instead

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  • nice move to raise profile and hope to get even bigger job.

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