Sam Gyimah drops out of Tory leadership race

Sam Gyimah drops out of Tory leadership race

Sam Gyimah has become the third MP to pull out of the Conservative leadership race

Monday, June 10, 2019

Conservative former minister Sam Gyimah has announced he is pulling out of the Tory leadership race.

The Conservative MP said he had not had “enough time to build sufficient support”.

In a statement posted to Twitter, he said: “I entered the Conservative Party leadership contest to broaden the debate and bring the diverse views of millions on Brexit to the fore.”

He added: “But I have reached the conclusion that, having entered the race at such a late stage, there simply has not been enough time to build sufficient support, andI have decided to step back.”

Any MP wishing to enter the leadership race was required to get the backing of eight MPs.

Concluding his statement, Mr Gyimah wished the remaining 10 leadership contenders “the very best at this challenging time as they make the case to take our country forward”.

Mr Gyimah was the third MP to pull out following housing minister Kit Malthouse and Brexit minister James Cleverly. 

There are now 10 Conservative MPs expected to run to be the next party leader including Boris Johnson, foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt and environment secretary Michael Gove.

Formal nominations closed at 5pm on Monday, with an official call for candidates expected soon after.

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