Michael Gove declares himself 'the candidate for change' in leadership pitch

Michael Gove declares himself 'the candidate for change' in leadership pitch

Michael Gove declares himself 'the candidate for change' in leadership pitch

He admitted to having "no charisma or glamour", but Justice Secretary Michael Gove told Britain he's the man for Downing Street during the launch of his bid to be the next Tory leader, and by default, prime minister.

"After the referendum result last week I felt we needed someone to lead this country who believed heart and soul in leaving the European Union", Mr Gove said.

Speaking to reporters outside his London home, Mr Johnson said it would be "up to the next government" to implement Brexit and "up to the next prime minister" as to whether he gets a job in the new administration.

Cameron's announcement triggered a Conservative leadership race in which Johnson was expected be a front-runner, with Gove as his campaign manager.

Gove and Johnson worked closely together on the successful drive to leave the E.U. Cameron, who led the campaign to remain in the alliance, announced his resignation after voters chose a Brexit, 52 percent to 48 percent.

Mr Opperman, the MP for Hexham and a Conservative whip who backed the Remain campaign during the European Union referendum, said the next Tory leader and Prime Minister faced a series of challenges including setting out a vision for Brexit; explaining how they would bring the country together after the divisive referendum campaign, and setting out their wider priorities for the country moving forward. The candidate with the fewest votes will be eliminated, with a further vote then held on Thursday in order to reduce the number of nominations to two, which will then be voted on by Conservative party members.

Mr Fallon, the defence secretary, said she was the right person to steer the country through "the serious challenges we now face".

"I knew that by taking that decision all sorts of people would attack me personally but I love my country, I could not recommend that Boris was prime minister, I had tried to make that work and, therefore, it would have been a genuine betrayal of principal and of this country to have allowed Boris's candidacy to go ahead with my support".

"I've got a lot of time for Sajid, he's gone past the rising star stage, he's a very solid politician and Stephen Crabb's narrative is one I could really buy into", he said.

Michael Gove declares himself 'the candidate for change' in leadership pitch
Michael Gove declares himself 'the candidate for change' in leadership pitch

"I will ensure we honour the instructions the British people have given us", said the Justice Secretary. But he added that he would not trigger the "Article 50" exit mechanism this calendar year.

But Gove said putting friendship first in politics did not serve the country.

Johnson, known for his blond mop and flamboyant style, announced Thursday that he would not run for the party leadership post.

"He has character, I don't", he said during the campaign.

Johnson addressed the issue in a Daily Telegraph column that seemed to say Britain would continue to enjoy most of the benefits of EU membership - a claim dismissed by European leaders as wildly unrealistic.

"I think he should be disqualified in this contest and I do think we ought to turn away from these personality battles".

The victor of the leadership race, who would be in place by September, will finalize Britain's exit from the alliance, a process that could take years.

He has pitched himself as the candidate that can provide "unity and change".

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