BREAKING Tory leadership candidates confirmed as 10 get support they need
The Tory leadership candidates have been revealed after 10 MPs received the backing they needed to formally enter the competition.
Frontrunner Boris Johnson is joined on the ballot paper by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
Also going through are HEalth Secretary Matt Hancock, Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom, Esther McVey, Dominic Raab and International Development Secretary Rory Stewart.
About a dozen MPs sat in a committee room in parliament to listen to the official announcement after the deadline for applications closed at 5pm.
But Remain-backing Sam Gyimah pulled out minutes before the race officially began.
He said: “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, and I have decided to step back.”
The Tories have kicked off a six-week battle to decide who will replace Theresa May as Prime Minister.
The successful candidate must first convince their fellow Tory MPs to back them in a series of votes…….read more