Michael Gove Enters Conservative Race to Succeed Theresa May

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"A new prime minister should mean a new vision and new priorities for new ministers, and this is a chance to make the case once again for the value the voluntary sector brings, and the role we can play in healing a divided nation".

The opposition Labour Party said it was seeking to work with other parties to try and block May's successor from taking Britain out of the European Union without a deal.

The Environment Secretary - who backed Theresa May and her EU-approved withdrawal treaty to the end - said: "I can confirm that I will be putting my name forward to be prime minister of this country". Popular with grassroots Tories, he to expected to use the party's projected losses to Nigel Farage's anti-EU Brexit Party in European Parliament elections to argue that Britain must leave the EU in October, with or without a deal.

Other candidates have stressed the need to get a Brexit deal passed in Parliament. As such, Conservative MPs - already guilty of under-estimating Mr Corbyn as a political campaigner - may wish to reflect on the treatment of Mrs May over Brexit.

"It now seems that (Johnson) is coming out for a no-deal Brexit", Stewart told BBC radio.

Defending his eurosceptic credentials in an interview trumpeting his candidacy, Hunt told The Sunday Times that "what matters is whether you believe in Brexit, not how you voted in 2016". I know I'm not just choosing a party leader, I'm choosing the leader of our country: someone who may have to send troops into battle and represent Britain on the world stage.

Maajid Nawaz explains how no-deal Brexit has become more likely as a result of the Tory leadership contest.

But under Tory leadership election rules, Johnson must first win the support of Conservative members in Parliament, many of whom view him as a controversial figure lacking attention to detail.

But it won her no converts and sparked a party coup attempt that forced May to walk away before she was pushed out.

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That comes as Qatar has grown closer to Iran after facing a almost two-year boycott by four Arab nations also allied with the U.S. It comes after the Houthis last week targeted a Saudi oil pipeline in a coordinated drone attack.

Set up six weeks ago and spearheaded by Cabinet minister Amber Rudd, the group of Remain-supporting MPs was formed to try to counter the rise of the fanatically Brexit-supporting European Research Group led by Jacob Rees-Mogg.

'He wants to leave with a deal and many of his potential supporters are expecting him to walk back from what he said, a person closely involved in one of leadership campaigns told the Financial Times.

Parliamentary party members will begin whittling down the field of contenders to a final two from June 10. Hammond said he would urge all his colleagues to "embrace the concept of compromise" and warned them not to "box themselves in" by promising to leave on 31 October with or without a deal.

The field grew further on Saturday when Health Secretary Matt Hancock entered the race with a promise to take a more moderate approach.

The International Development Secretary, who voted for Remain in the 2016 referendum, said: "I could not serve in a government whose policy was to push this country into a no-deal Brexit".

"I think that I've evolved as a politician".

FORMER Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey, who resigned over Brexit, is launching her own leadership campaign with a tour of pubs.

Eight candidates have declared they are standing for leader, after Theresa May said she would resign.

They say, desperate times call for desperate measures and in a desperate move on Tuesday this week, the Prime Minister offered United Kingdom lawmakers a major concession; a chance to vote on whether to hold a new referendum on the country's membership in the European Union.