Remainer Matt Hancock confirms he WILL run to replace Theresa May

REMAINER Matt Hancock has confirmed he WILL run to replace Theresa May as PM.

The Health Secretary said this morning: "I am running to win."

And he added: "I believe from the bottom of my heart that we need a leader for the future, not just for now."

The Sun revealed the 40-year-old was set to launch his bid today, after he told fellow MPs the night before last at a function: "I am ready to lead".

And he said this morning on Radio 4 he was "honoured" by the number of MPs who had demanded he run to be PM.

Vowing to win over younger voters to the Tories he said: "We need to look to the future, to all of those who aren't voting for us now.

"We need voters from the younger generation."

He promised to deliver Brexit but also said he would focus on delivering a domestic agenda to "make this country a wonderful place to live".

Over a dozen MPs are poised to join the scramble to be PM after Mrs  May yesterday bid a tearful farewell to her time in No10.

Tearful Theresa May broke down as she gave her resignation speech from the steps of Downing Street last night.

The PM confessed she now has no chance of ever getting her Brexit deal through Parliament but insisted "I have done my best" to deliver on the referendum result.

If elected by the Tory members, Mr Hancock would be the youngest PM for 200 years.

A Remainer who has largely stayed out of the Brexit debate, Mr Hancock is seen as the standard bearer for Tory modernisers.

So far Mr Hancock is the third Cabinet minister to formally declare they will run to be PM.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and International Development boss Rory Stewart have already declared.

What next after Theresa May quits?

THERESA May's resignation today kickstarts the Tory leadership election.

The Prime Minister will formally stand down as party leader on June 7 – but will stay in place while the new PM is being chosen, rather than handing over to an interim chief such as David Lidington.

The leadership contest, overseen by party chairman Brandon Lewis, will take around six weeks.

Any Tory MP can enter the race, and the list of contenders is then whittled down by the parliamentary party.

MPs vote in multiple rounds, eliminating one candidate each time until just two are left.

The party's 120,000 activists then choose behind the final shortlist of two, with the winner declared leader and Prime Minister.

When Mrs May became leader, she didn't have to submit to a vote of members because Andrea Leadsom pulled out of the race.

So the last time activists have had a say on the leadership was 2005, when David Cameron defeated David Davis.

 

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