UK: Conservative Party announces 10 leadership hopefuls

UK: Conservative Party announces 10 leadership hopefuls

The new leader of the centre-right party - which won the most seats at the last general election in 2017 - will nearly certainly become prime minister, with May remaining in Downing Street in the meantime.

Combo group of ten file photos showing the contenders in the Conservative Party leadership race, with top row from left, Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Jeremy Hunt, Rory Stewart, Mark Harper, and bottom row from left, Esther McVey, Matt Hancock, Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove, Sajid Javid.

These included worldwide development minister Rory Stewart, home affairs minister Sajid Javid, former work and pensions minister and ex-TV presenter Esther McVey, health minister Matthew Hancock, and former immigration minister Mark Harper. 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.

Gove, the environment minister, co-led the Leave side back in 2016, but also backed May's unpopular European Union exit deal, tarnishing his image among Tory Brexiteers.

Ms Patel, a former United Kingdom worldwide development minister, said that she believes Mr Johnson is also the right candidate to strengthen Britain's bond with countries like India.

Prime Minister Theresa May officially stepped down as the leader of the Conservative Party last week, but will remain as prime minister until her successor is chosen.

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.

"The danger is that if we vote for a potential prime minister who said whatever happens I'm doing to leave to leave on October 31, we will be voting for a prime minister who will not be able to deliver Brexit before there's a general election", he said.

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In the interview, Johnson also called himself the only one who could "beat the Brexit game" set up by Brexit Party head Nigel Farage and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whom Johnson compared to Scylla and Charybdis, mythical sea monsters mentioned by Homer in Greek mythology.

Gove admitted he had made a mistake by taking cocaine 20 years ago. "If you've got nothing to hide you won't mind answering questions".

But he took that as a compliment while speaking to the BBC on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the EU Commission told reporters in Brussels on Tuesday, that a change of personnel at the top of the United Kingdom government will not open the door to material changes within the pact agreed by the bloc and Britain.

"The exit agreement was not negotiated against the British; negotiators on both sides tried, painstakingly, to find the best solution for all concerned", she told the Guardian.

De Montchalin noted that France could back a further extension to the 31 October date, but only if the United Kingdom made clear how that would help get a deal through.

"We must grow our bonds into a very special relationship built on centuries of diplomacy, trade and common values, and importantly, our people to people ties that continue to enrich our countries and our links", she said. But we do need clarity now.

Gove said he had "led from the front" during the Vote Leave campaign, and been "tested in battle".

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