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Boris Johnson pulls out of Tory leadership contest and Rishi Sunak poised to be PM

Urging the then PM to quit in July, ex-Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi said: “This is not sustainable and it will only get worse. “I am heartbroken that he hasn’t listened and is now undermining the incredible achievements of this government.” Yet today Mr Zahawi claimed: “He was contrite & honest about his mistakes. He’d learned from those mistakes how he could run No10 & the country better.” ● This breaking news story is being updated. Boris Johnson’s statement in full The former PM issued a statement tonight saying: “In the last few days I have been overwhelmed by the number of people who suggested that I should once again contest the Conservative Party leadership, both among the public and among friends and colleagues in Parliament. “I have been attracted because I led our party into a massive election victory less than three years ago – and I believe I am therefore uniquely placed to avert a general election now. “A general election would be a further disastrous distraction just when the government must focus on the economic pressures faced by families across the country. “I believe I am well placed to deliver a Conservative victory in 2024 – and tonight I can confirm that I have cleared the very high hurdle of 102 nominations, including a proposer and a seconder, and I could put my nomination in tomorrow. “There is a very good chance that I would be successful in the election with Conservative Party members – and that I could indeed be back in Downing Street on Friday. “But in the course of the last days I have sadly come to the conclusion that this would simply not be the right thing to do. You can’t govern effectively unless you have a united party in parliament. “And though I have reached out to both Rishi and Penny – because I hoped that we could come together in the national interest – we have sadly not been able to work out a way of doing this.
“Therefore I am afraid the best thing is that I do not allow my nomination to go forward and commit my support to whoever succeeds. “I believe I have much to offer but I am afraid that this is simply not the right time.” All the MPs who backed Boris Johnson before he pulled outAlok SharmaAmanda MillingAndrea JenkynsAndrew RosindellAndrew StephensonAnne-Marie TrevelyanAntony HigginbothamBen BradleyBen EverittBen WallaceBob StewartBoris JohnsonBrendan Clarke-SmithCaroline JohnsonChris ClarksonChris Heaton-HarrisChristopher ChopeDavid MorrisEdward LeighGareth JohnsonGreg SmithHolly Mumby-CroftIan LevyJacob Rees-MoggJames CleverlyJames DuddridgeJames GrundyJane HuntJane StevensonJill MortimerJohn WhittingdaleJonathan GullisKarl McCartneyKelly TolhurstLee AndersonLeo DochertyLia NiciMarco LonghiMaria CaulfieldMark EastwoodMark PritchardMatthew OffordMichael FabricantNadhim ZahawiNadine DorriesNigel AdamsPaul BristowPeter BonePhilip HollobonePriti PatelRichard DraxSarah AthertonScott BentonShailesh VaraShaun BaileySheryll MurraySimon ClarkeStephen McPartlandTom PursgloveTrudy HarrisonWilliam Cash (Mirror UK) Please follow and like us: By: ICC Media E-mail: Contact: Comr. Isaac For News, Advertisement CONTACT: +2349056155757 +2348130386172 please do well to follow us: