Michael Gove (right) had been expected to throw his weight behind Boris Johnson for Tory leader and PM. After he withdrew that support to fight for the leadership himself, Johnson threw in the towel. [Image: Reuters].

Michael Gove (right) had been expected to throw his weight behind Boris Johnson for Tory leader and PM. After he withdrew that support to fight for the leadership himself, Johnson threw in the towel. [Image: Reuters].

Oh good. Boris’s was the only Tory face the public even halfway liked.

Whichever of the remaining grotesques wins the leadership, the Tories will be unelectable on their own.

It looks like Messrs Murdoch and Dacre will have a big job on their hands – in many senses of the phrase – if a snap election is called, later in the year.

Ex-London mayor Boris Johnson has ruled himself out of the race to be the next Conservative leader and prime minister.

In a speech in London – billed as his campaign launch – Mr Johnson said he did not believe he could provide the leadership or unity needed.

It comes after Justice Secretary and fellow Brexit campaigner Michael Gove’s surprise announcement on Thursday morning that he would run for leader.

Home Secretary Theresa May is among the candidates. Nominations shut at noon.

Also in the running are Energy minister Andrea Leadsom and Defence Secretary Liam Fox – who campaigned to leave the EU – and Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb, who backed Remain.

Source: Boris Johnson rules himself out of Conservative leader race – BBC News

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