The Conservative Brexit minister James Cleverly, has thrown the towel into the ring as he has withdrawn from the leadership contest.
Cleverly said it had “become clear” it is “highly unlikely” he would progress to become on od the final two candidates.
He told the BBC, “Unfortunately and with a heavy heart I’ve decided to withdraw from the race.”
In a statement Cleverly said he had wanted to deliver Brexit.
He said, “I had hoped that the Conservative parliamentary party would support me to be the face and voice of that conversation,” he said.
“To do this I asked them to make a leap of faith, skip a generation and vote for a relatively new MP.
“It is clear that despite much support, particularly from our party’s grassroots, MPs weren’t comfortable with such a move and it has become clear that it is highly unlikely that I would progress to the final two candidates.”
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