Boris Johnson announces he will NOT run for Conservative Party leader
- Credit: Steve Adams
The battle for the Conservative leadership has been dramatically transformed after Boris Johnson announced that he will not stand in the race to succeed David Cameron.
The former London mayor's decision not to join the battle leaves Home Secretary Theresa May as hot favourite to be the next Prime Minister.
It came after the shock announcement by fellow Brexit campaigner Michael Gove - who had widely been expected to be Mr Johnson's running mate - that he was putting himself forward for the leadership.
In a dramatic press conference just moments before the deadline for nominations passed, Mr Johnson said that the next Tory leader would have to unify his party and ensure that Britain stood tall in the world.
And he said: 'Having consulted colleagues and in view of the circumstances in Parliament, I have concluded that person cannot be me.'
After he was given a jubilant welcome from MPs who had turned up to a London hotel to support the former London mayor the mood turned sour.
South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss and Suffolk MP Dan Poulter both publicly backed Mr Johnson.
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Supporter, Essex MP James Cleverly, said he was gutted and had not known it was coming.
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