James Cleverly withdraws from Conservative race

Brexit Minister James Cleverly has pulled in the leadership race of the Conservative Party, nearly a week after announcing his intention.

The Tory MP stated it had”become apparent” which has been”highly unlikely” he would advance to the last two candidates who will appear on the ballot paper.

The executive of the backbench 1922 Committee of the party will meet to decide timings and the principles for the leadership election.

Theresa May stands as leader of the Conservative Party on Friday – till a successor is called in the end of July, she will stay PM.

In a statement, Mr Cleverly stated he’d desired to send Brexit and move the conversation to other problems that were crucial.

James Cleverly

“I’d expected that the parliamentary party would encourage me to be the voice and face of the dialog,” he explained.

“It’s apparent that despite much assistance, especially from our party’s grassroots, MPs were not familiar with such a movement and it is now clear it is highly improbable that I would advance to the last two candidates”

The deadline to place names is that the week beginning 10 and all candidates should possess at least 2 MPs.

In a series of polls which will whittle down the one until just two are left, all 313 Conservative MPs will vote for their candidate after nominations close.

That the 2 candidates will be subsequently voted by the Tory membership of 124,000.

The withdrawal of mr Cleverly comes criticism of the amount of individuals that are currently operating and there were calls to change the principles – such as raising the number.

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire said on Monday that a number of candidates should think about pulling out since the party should get a new pioneer quickly.

The executive of the backbench 1922 Committee of the party will meet to determine timings and the principles for the leadership election.