Boris QUITS Tory leadership battle after Brexit ally Michael Gove abandons him to launch his own bid

Boris Johnson dramatically quit the Tory leadership battle today after Michael Gove delivered a mortal blow to his hopes of reaching Downing Street.

The former London mayor said he was not the man to take the country forward hours after the Justice Secretary announced his own bid and condemned his colleague.

In a series of devastating blows for Mr Johnson, Leader of the House Chris Grayling also came out in support of his arch rival Theresa May and key backers Nick Boles and Dominic Raab have defected to Mr Gove’s campaign.

  • tom_billesley

    Boris Johnson would have been the second PM born outside the British Isles (New York). The first was Andrew Bonar Law (New Brunswick).

  • ed

    it was never on the cards ,he fooled them all , forget Teresa may she is merkel and tusks love child ,6 years in office up to one million un- documented illegal migrants wandering around the uk all on her watch ,voted to remain [ed uk ]

    • Who do you think may get it?

      • ed

        may voted to remain ! Michael gove[ leave ] most likely ,my vote for dr.liam fox [ leave ]

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    Now the London mayor will take his place , Khan could the first Muslim prime minister.

  • Jay Currie

    Not really Boris’ time. This next few years is going to be a grind and a Gove sense of gritty determination is likely what’s needed.

  • Brett_McS

    Johnson pulls out!?!? Noooooo! A devastating blow. Quick, use all the double entendres while we still can!

  • ismiselemeas

    He’s a rank coward. He had no exit plan, no strategy to deal with the break up of the UK and no vision for the future. He’s so stupid that he didn’t even predict the poisoned chalice that he was royally gifted by Cameron. He’s like the kid who throws the snow ball and then runs away to hide sucking on his thumb. His ignorance of the political constitution of the UK (the conservatives have no representation in Northern Ireland) and his inflated sense of self importance have potentially condemned future generations of British citizens to only more violence in the longest running conflict in European history.

  • tom_billesley

    Michael Gove wrote a book “Celsius 7/7” after the London bombings of 2005.
    He tried to distance Political Islam or Islamism from Islam, “the great historical faith” which has “brought spiritual nourishment to millions”. What a putz.

  • john700

    Bojo and his supporters should join UKIP.

  • Linda1000

    Copied from some “remain” blog:

    Who’s in the running?

    Home Secretary Theresa May: The 59-year-old is the bookies’ favourite to win the contest. She’s held the Home Office brief – often something of a poisoned chalice – since 2010, and is a former Tory party chairman. She says she can offer the “strong leadership” and unity the UK needs, and promised a “positive vision” for the country’s future. She backed staying in the EU.

    Justice Secretary Michael Gove: The 48-year-old former newspaper columnist was a key figure in the party’s modernisation that led to its return to power in 2010. He was a reforming, if controversial, education secretary between 2010 and 2014, and now holds the Ministry of Justice brief. He was a leading player in the Brexit campaign – which put a strain on his close friendship with David Cameron. He has pitched himself as the candidate that can provide “unity and change.”

    Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb: The 43-year-old was promoted to the cabinet in 2014 as Welsh secretary, and boosted his profile earlier this year when he took over as work and pensions secretary. A rising star of the Tory party he has promised to unite the party and country following the referendum result and provide stability. Raised on a council estate by a single mother, he has a back story to which many Tory MPs are attracted. Backed Remain.

    Energy minister Andrea Leadsom: The 53-year-old former banker and fund manager was one of the stars of the Leave campaign. A former district councillor, she became MP for South Northamptonshire in 2010 and – after serving as a junior Treasury minister and as a member of the Treasury select committee – she was made a junior minister in the energy and climate change department in May last year.

    Former cabinet minister Liam Fox: It’s second time around for the 54-year-old ex-defence secretary and GP, who came a close third in the 2005 leadership contest. His cabinet career was cut short in 2011 when he resigned following a lobbying row. A Brexit campaigner, and on the right of the party, he has said whoever becomes PM must accept “the instruction” of the British people and not “try to backslide” over EU membership.

    Addressing reporters in a new conference just moments before the deadline for nominations passed, Mr Johnson said the next Conservative leader would have to unify his party and ensure that Britain stood tall in the world.

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