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Nicky Morgan backs Michael Gove as new Tory leader

Nicky Morgan has endorsed Michael Gove's campaign to become the new Tory leader. Credit: PA

Nicky Morgan has backed Michael Gove in the Tory leadership race.

Mr Gove made a surprise announcement on Thursday morning that he is putting himself forward to succeed David Cameron, saying he does not believe Boris Johnson can "provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead".

In a statement, the Education Secretary said she has "concluded unequivocally" that Mr Gove has the "skill and credibility to put together the right team to renegotiate our exit from and future relationship with Europe, and explain the final terms to the British people."

Jeremy Hunt announces he won't be standing as leader

Jeremy Hunt will not be taking part in the Tory leadership race. Credit: PA

Jeremy Hunt will not be standing for the Tory leadership, saying "now is not the right time".

In a statement, the Health Secretary gave his support to Theresa May.

I have decided that now is not the right time for me to run for the leadership - though I remain completely committed to ensuring we secure our position as a great trading nation with sensible controls on migration.

I believe that Theresa May has the strength, judgement and values to deliver those things. She is the right choice to lead Britain in a challenging period and will make a truly outstanding Prime Minister.

– Jeremy Hunt MP

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Conservative leadership bid 'like the last days of Rome'

ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston has likened the Conservative leadership campaign to being "like the last days of Rome".

In a video uploaded to his Facebook page, he added: "It's going to be an extraordinary contest. Just when you thought it couldn't get any madder, it certainly has."

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Boris Johnson to continue with leadership bid

Michael Gove and Boris Johnson on the Vote Leave campaign last week. Credit: PA

Boris Johnson has decided to continue with his leadership bid, amid speculation that he was considering withdrawing from the contest.

ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston reported earlier on Thursday that a member of Boris Johnson's team said his election bid was "TBC", moments after Michael Gove announced his candidacy.

Andrea Leadsom launches Conservative leadership bid

Andrea Leadsom outside 10 Downing Street. Credit: Reuters

Andrea Leadsom has announced she is running for the Conservative Party leadership.

On Thursday morning, she tweeted: "Let's make the most of the Brexit opportunities!"

She earlier commented the Brexit result was a "huge opportunity for our great country".

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Fox: Remain MP would lack credibility as new leader

A Tory MP who backed the Remain campaign would find it "much harder" to have the "credibility" needed to become the party's new leader and prime minister, Dr Liam Fox has said.

The former Defence Secretary, who backed Leave, said it would not be "impossible" for a Remain campaigner to succeed David Cameron, but Leave campaigners have a "natural credibility".

Dr Fox is to stand as a candidate for the Conservative party leadership, with Stephen Crabb, Boris Johnson and Theresa May also in the running.

Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain, Dr Fox refused to say who he would back if he is not successful.

"I'm a very good friend of Stephen Crabb, I had great fun campaigning with Boris Johnson on the winning side, I had great experience working with Theresa May in government on national security. I respect all of them," he said.

"I think it's much harder for anybody who voted for remain to have the credibility amongst the voters who voted to leave in terms of leading the country. It's not impossible, but it's much harder. That's why I think for those of us who were on that Leave side there is a natural credibility with the voters."

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