UK: Conservative Party announces 10 leadership hopefuls

Cheryl Sanders
June 11, 2019

The race to succeed Ms.

May, who campaigned for Remain during the referendum, lost trust amongst her party because they did not believe that she could deliver what she did not want. The party has been dragged down by the Brexit turmoil and finished fifth in the recent elections to the European parliament. One of Britain's best-known politicians, he is popular with rank-and-file Conservative Party members who think he has the popular touch, and is now the bookies' favourite to replace May.

Among those taking a more moderate stand on Brexit are global development secretary Rory Stewart, health minister Matt Hancock, former chief whip Mark Harper and former universities' secretary Sam Gyimah, who backs a second referendum.

Johnson, 54, has won the backing of many Brexiteer Conservatives by promising to lead Britain out of the European Union by October 31, with or without a divorce deal.

"I'm the conviction Brexiteer with the plan, the discipline and the focus to lead us out by the end of October", he said, while also attacking Johnson's plans for a tax cut for the rich. 'In getting a good deal, money is a great solvent and a great lubricant'.


Gove is considered an intellectual policymaker who could get the job done, however, his appeal amongst the wider population is still trailing that of Boris Johnson.

Selmayr said Johnson used the same kind of "populism" as USA leader Donald Trump and French far-right leader Marine Le Pen to get ahead.

"We won't deliver Brexit with bluff and bluster", said former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, who is competing with Johnson for the support of hardcore Brexiteers. The two men led the Vote Leave campaign in the 2016 Brexit referendum but their relationship has deteriorated. In most cases it involved marijuana, although International Development Secretary Rory Stewart said he smoked opium at a wedding in Iran 15 years ago. He has referred to the drug use as a mistake and admitted he was fortunate to have avoided being arrested.

The revelations have provoked heavy criticism from across the political spectrum, with Sayeeda Warsi, the former Tory co-chairman, calling on him to "step away from the leadership race" after showing "hypocrisy of the highest order".

While his rivals have been touring the broadcast studios, he announced his latest campaign promise - to slash income tax - in his regular newspaper column. He also took a shot at Mr. Johnson.


Leadsom rejects May's divorce agreement and says Britain should leave the European Union on October 31 with a series of mini-deals to ensure trade and travel can continue. "I know you have before, and I know you may not believe in your heart that you can do it, but Conservative Party membership deserve a choice, so let's have a proper race". He has a history of missteps and his advisers appear keen to manage his campaign carefully.

Former Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey outlined her campaign at a fringe event, saying "we have nothing to fear" from a no-deal Brexit.

The final two will be put to the over 120,000 members of the wider Conservative Party in a vote from June 22, with the victor expected to be announced about four weeks later. The party's roughly 120,000 members will then select the victor in a postal vote next month.

The announcement came shortly after a deadline for official applications to compete to become the Tories' new leader and Britain's new prime minister was reached.


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