Sajid Javid Drops Out Of Tory Leadership Race As Election Reduced To Eight Candidates

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Sajid Javid has withdrawn from the race to be Tory chief, because the battle to succeed Boris Johnson has been narrowed to eight candidates on the management poll.

Eleven candidates initially threw their hat within the ring however that has been whittled down after nominations closed at the moment.

These going via to the primary spherical of the competition are frontrunner Rishi Sunak, overseas secretary Liz Truss, worldwide commerce minister Penny Mordant, legal professional common Suella Braverman, former well being secretary Jeremy Hunt and Tom Tugendhat, the chair of the overseas affairs choose committee.

Additionally via are former minister for equalities Kemi Badenoch and chancellor Nadhim Zahawi.

All had been understood to have secured the required 20 nominations wanted to remain within the race earlier than the deadline of 6pm this night.

The primary spherical of voting will happen tomorrow, and can proceed till solely two candidates stay.

All of those that succeeded this night will proceed to Wednesday’s poll of Tory MPs, the place they’ll want the 30 nominations to remain within the race.

Anybody who fails to safe 30 votes will probably be eradicated, with the remaining candidates via to the following stage of voting on Thursday. There’ll proceed to be votes till solely two candidates are left standing.

The ultimate two will then be put earlier than Tory social gathering members, who will decide their selection for chief — and prime minister — on September 5.

In a press release, former well being secretary Javid mentioned: “Serving in authorities is a real privilege. It has been simply seven days since I took the troublesome resolution to resign from crucial job I’ve ever had, as well being secretary throughout a pandemic.

“Since then, I’ve set out the values and insurance policies I believe are proper for the way forward for our nice nation. I consider the social gathering should now look outwards, not inwards, if we’re to win once more.

“There’s an abundance of each concepts and expertise in our social gathering. One of many candidates will probably be given the honour of turning into prime minister.

“I sit up for seeing the talk unfold and to see colleagues working collectively as a united Conservative Occasion as soon as the management election is concluded.”

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