In what has been perceived as a stab at the former
This echoes the 2016 Conservative contest when Gove famously sank Johnson’s campaign by quitting as its chairman and insisting he was unfit to be leader.
Gove’s entry into the race for Downing Street grows an already crowded field of prime ministerial hopefuls which has seen big beasts Dominic Raab and Andrea Leadsom set out their leadership stalls.
The Conservative Party leadership contest has redrawn old battle lines as Michael Gove announced his candidacy by making a sly stab at front runner Boris Johnson
In what has been perceived as a stab at the former London Mayor (pictured), the Environment Secretary said that the next leader cannot just ‘respect’ the Brexit vote but must have the ‘wherewithal to deliver it’
It echoes the 2016 Conservative contest when Gove famously sank Johnson’s campaign by quitting as its chairman and insisting he was unfit to be leader
But Liz Truss, who has been ramping up efforts to appeal to the free-market wing of the party and was supposedly poised to make her pitch, announced that she would not be standing.
Johnson, who is popular with the Tory grassroots and is perceived as the favourite to succeed the embattled Theresa May, has come under fire from Gove who reportedly claims to be more ‘capable’ and have the better ‘track record’.
In a BBC podcast, Gove will say that ‘it is not enough for them [next leader] to just believe in Brexit. The next leader must respect it, believe in it and, crucially, have the wherewithal to deliver it,’ according to
Despite last week hailing his former rival as a man of ‘intellect’, this latest jibe will heap tension on the warring pair who fell out in the aftermath of the referendum.
Dominic Raab (pictured with his wife) has become a cheerleader for a hard Brexit since stepping down as Brexit secretary in November
Former Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom and Foreign Jeremy Hunt have also thrown their hats into the ring to succeed Theresa May
Gove also tried to rally Brexiteer MPs to his campaign by telling them that while Johnson was the face of the Vote Leave team, he put in the grunt work of TV debates, according to
Westminster then went into meltdown as Gove, who had been chairing Johnson’s campaign, sensationally threw his hat in the ring by insisting that the former Mayor was unfit to be prime minister.
And the Environment Secretary is not alone in trying to leapfrog Johnson in the polls and position himself as Mrs May’s successor.
Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab launched his own leadership bid today in an article for the Mail on Sunday.
Mr Hancock took stroopwafels in for Cabinet the day after he was pulled up for eating them on television
The hardline Eurosceptic pledged to ‘demonstrate unflinching resolve’ to secure Britain’s exit from the EU and vowed to leave with no deal if necessary.
This position was mirrored by fellow Brexiteer and candidate Andrea Leadsom who told the Sunday Times that she would be prepare to walk away from negotiations with the 27-member bloc to secure a timely departure.
Leadsom’s withdrawal in 2016 paved the way for May to take the keys to Number 10 after claims that being a mother gave her an edge over the then Home Secretary backfired.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is seen as a dark horse in the race and as a converted Brexiteer is positioning himself as a unity candidate.
Johnson also took flak from development secretary and leadership contender Rory Stewart who said he would refused to serve in his cabinet.
What are the odds for the next prime minister?
Former foreign secretary and mayor of London
Voted leave and has become an increasingly hardline Brexiteer
As likely to make headlines over his private life
Has recently lost a lot of weight and smartened up his appearance
Leadership odds 5/4
Shortlived Brexit secretary last year, replacing David Davis in the hot seat
But walked in November over terms agreed by PM
Voted for Brexit in 2016
Leadership odds 5/1
Leading Vote Leave figure in 2016 who now backs PM’s Brexit deal
Former journalist, 51, who stood for leadership in 2016
Was sacked as education minister by Theresa May
Later returned as Environment Minister
Leadship odds 8/1
The Foreign Secretary voted Remain
But has become an increasingly vocal Brexiteer
Former health secretary backs May’s deal
Has approached ministers about running as a unity candidate
Leadership odds 10/1
Penrith MP, 46, is a former tutor to the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex
Old Etonian ex-soldier worked for Foreign Office in Iraq and set up a charity for the Prince of Wale sin Afghanistan
Voted for Remain and still backs a soft Brexit
Leadership odds 12/1
The Commons’ Leader challenged May in 2016
Voted for Brexit
Hosted Brexiteer ‘pizza party’ plot last year
Increasingly outspoken Brexiteer
Leadership odds 20/1
The MP for Portsmouth North is a Royal Navy reservist
Highly regarded in Brexiteer circles
She has been consistently tipped to quit over Brexit b ut remains in the Cabinet
Once appeared in a swimsuit in a reality TV show
Leadership odds 28/1
Sir Graham Brady:
Quit on Friday as chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench MPs
He went into Downing Street on Friday to tell Mrs May time was up
But his name was oddly missing from a later statement on leadership
Leadership odds 33/1
The most senior cabinet contender
Voted Remain but wants to see Brexit delivered
Faced criticism as Home Secretary
But has taken a hard line on Shamima Begum case
Leadership odds 33/1
The youngest front-runner at 40
A Remainer who now backs Theresa May’s Brexit deal
He wants the party to look to the future and attract younger voters
Leadership odds 50/1