Almost all the front line Brexiters from the Conservative fold enter the leadership race before the deadline today….reports Asian Lite News
The cat is out of the bag…Everybody wants to be a PM. That’s what Londoners seeing today. Former controversial secretary of education Michael Gove announced his intention to become the next Tory leader. Besides Boris Johnson, Liam Fox MP, former defence secretary who quit the post over an aide, Andrea Leadsom, MP from South Northamptonshire, Home Secretary Theresa May, the Work & Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb are in the fray. Most probably Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will join the race.
Gove’s entry will spoil the chances of the front runner Boris Johnson. Gove said that he does not believe Boris can “provide the leadership” for the task ahead.
The former education secretary, who had repeatedly said he had no leadership ambitions, dropped the bombshell just hours before the nominations deadline on Thursday.
“I respect and admire all the candidates running for the leadership. In particular, I wanted to help build a team behind Boris Johnson so that a politician who argued for leaving the European Union could lead us to a better future,” Gove said in a statement. “But I have come, reluctantly, to the conclusion that Boris cannot provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead. “I have, therefore, decided to put my name forward for the leadership.
“I want there to be an open and positive debate about the path the country will now take. Whatever the verdict of that debate I will respect it. In the next few days I will lay out my plan for the United Kingdom which I hope can provide unity and change.”
Meanwhile, Conservative MP Nigel Evans, a supporter of Boris Johnson, says the former London mayor had been stabbed in the front and the back by Theresa May and Michael Gove.
“It makes the House of Cards look like Teletubbies,” he tells the BBC. He says he believes Mrs May will top the poll in the first round, and it “looks a bit messy” on the Leave side. “I’m a bit disappointed that Michael Gove has made this eleventh hour decision to stab Boris in the front,” he adds.