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UK health secy Hancock in fray to replace May, assures citizens on Brexit

The opposition Labour Party said it wanted an election as soon as possible

Reuters  |  London 

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Matt Hancock | Source: Wikimedia Commons

British health minister Matt Hancock said on Saturday he would enter the contest to be the next leader of the Conservative Party, the fifth candidate to say they would run to replace as

Hancock follows former foreign minister Boris Johnson, who is seen as the favourite, current foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, Development Secretary Rory Stewart and former work and pensions minister Esther McVey in joining the contest.

“I’m going to run to be the next because I believe from the bottom of my heart we need a leader for the future not just for now,” Hancock told BBC radio.

“Of course we have to deliver and I will.”

May said on Friday she would step down as leader on June 7 after admitting defeat in her bid to get parliament to pass a divorce deal she agreed with the (EU).

The opposition said it wanted an election as soon as possible. Labour’s finance spokesman John McDonnell confirmed on Saturday the party would bring a vote of no confidence in the government if it looked like it might pass.

First Published: Sat, May 25 2019. 14:15 IST