The justice secretary has said that he is not Boris Johnson’s “obvious voter” after the former foreign secretary put his name forward to be the next Tory leader.
David Gauke told talkRADIO’s Alastair Stewart that he had not yet decided who he would back in the leadership contest.
“As far as I am concerned the big issue is about Brexit,” he said.
“I want a leader who is going to be straight with the British people, straight with the Conservative Party about the choices and options that are available.”
He added: “I want to hear what Boris Johnson says over the course of the campaign.
“I think it is fair to say that I am not his obvious, natural voter.”
There are now ten Conservative MPs who have committed to running to be the party’s next leader including foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt and environment secretary Michael Gove.
However, Mr Gauke said he was currently “impressed” by what he had heard from health secretary Matt Hancock and international development secretary Rory Stewart who are also standing.
He added: “There are advantages that both candidates bring in terms of being relatively fresh faces and being young, dynamic, hopeful, forward-looking candidates.
“But I don’t think we should necessarily turn this into a generational matter.”
The justice secretary suggested that Mr Hancock and Mr Stewart would be able to “face up to the realities”.
“We should try and sort this out with the existing parliament,” he said.
“We should not be having a general election at this point. It would risk a Jeremy Corbyn government, which we all think in our party would be a disaster for the country.”