Crawley MP backs Boris Johnson for Tory leader


"None of the likely candidates for the top job has a credible plan for how to break the deadlock before the end of October".

However, since May announced her decision to stand down as leader of the governing Conservative party and the nation, those jockeying to take her place seem to have conveniently forgotten this fact.

Ten Tories in race to succeed British PM Theresa May.

Because the government has seen so many resignations over Theresa May's bungled handling of Brexit over the past three years, many Conservative big-hitters languish on the back-benches and outside of government.

Johnson made his name as a European Union-bashing journalist in Brussels, then entered politics in the Conservative Party.

The former London mayor and foreign secretary adores the limelight and courts the media, tousling his blond hair to make it even more unruly and peppering his speeches with jokes, quips and Latin phrases.

Britain's departure from the European Union, twice delayed and now set for October 31, will dominate a contest scheduled to run until late July and which, in the past, has been characterised by shocks and surprises. "In getting a good deal, money is a great solvent and a great lubricant".

There are no details about the plan yet and it remains the legal default that the United Kingdom will leave - deal or no deal - on 31 October. Someone who is prepared to go under the studio arc lights in order to make the case for Conservatism. Mr. Hunt, 52, favours seeking a deal and he's open to extending the deadline if an agreement was in sight.

Crawley MP Henry Smith has come out in support of Mr Johnson as he would "deliver the record vote for Brexit without delay".

The pair have history - Gove dramatically withdrew his backing for Johnson during the 2016 leadership campaign, only to falter himself, clearing the way for May.

Johnson and Gove were both leading campaigners for Brexit in the referendum, but while the former quit the government over May's approach, Gove stayed on.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove, who is battling a scandal over his admission that he took cocaine, jeered at Johnson for shunning the limelight. He has referred to the drug use as a mistake and admitted he was fortunate to have avoided being arrested.

Mr Stewart meanwhile has warned the lavish tax cuts promised by other contenders - including Mr Johnson's pledge to raise the threshold for the 40% tax rate to £80,000 - were damaging the party's reputation for fiscal prudence. Referring to the 2016 leadership race when Mr. Johnson abruptly stepped aside, Mr. Gove said: "Mr. Johnson, whatever you do, don't pull out".

"But you know what?" He has a history of missteps and his advisers appear keen to manage his campaign carefully.

A similar stance has been adopted by fellow leadership contenders Andrea Leadsom, Dominic Raab and Esther McVey.

But candidates, such as Rory Stewart and Matt Hancock, have ruled out leaving the bloc without a negotiated settlement.

These two will then be chosen in a postal ballot by more than 160,000 paying party members.

The new leader of the centre-right party - which won the most seats at the last general election in 2017 - will nearly certainly become prime minister, with May remaining in Downing Street in the meantime.