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Bye bye: Matt Hancock has pulled out of the Tory leadership race.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has given up his attempt to be Conservative leader after attracting only 20 votes in the first round of the Tory leadership election.

Perhaps he wants to concentrate on privatising the National Health Service so we can’t rely on it in the nightmarish future that will be carved out by whoever wins.

Pole position was taken by Boris Johnson, who has declared that he will appear in a televised debate in what the pundits on the BBC’s PoliticsLive seem to think is a challenge for all the other candidates to stay in the race.

It seems he thinks he’ll look more “prime ministerial” if he can present himself as the man of stature with lots of political minnows nipping at his heels.

This Writer certainly hopes he has a big surprise on the day.

Certainly Mr Hancock is no big loss. He failed to make an impact and was right to pull out. His was exactly the kind of “vanity” candidacy that the Telegraph reckons party members wanted to quit.

In a statement, Hancock said: “I ran as the candidate of the future, but the party is understandably looking for a candidate for the unique circumstances we face right now.”

“I have therefore decided to withdraw from this contest, and I will look for the best way to advance the values we fought for, of free enterprise, and an open, aspirational, free society, underpinned by an optimistic belief in the value of each individual person.”

Source: Matt Hancock pulls out of Conservative leadership race | Politics | The Guardian

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