News | Published June 14 2019

Hancock quits Tory leadership contest

Matt Hancock quit in his bid to become Conservative party leader today.

The health secretary came sixth in the initial ballot but will now talk to the other contender before declaring his support.

In the first ballot Boris Johnson won with 114 votes, with Jeremy Hunt in second with 43.

Hancock said: "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 said he now wanted to focus on the future but called on the new leader to deal with the here and now.

Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey were eliminated from the race yesterday.

Rory Stewart, Dominic Raab, Michael Gove and Sajid Javid remain in the race alongside Johnson and Hunt.

Hancock added: "The nature of this contest isn't just to be the leader of the Conservative Party. It's to be the next prime minister, and so that scrutiny is important.

"We stand at a defining moment in our country's history and we need to deliver Brexit and then we need to cast forward and bring the country together. That's the goal."

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William Winter
June 14 2019

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