Defense Secretary Quits Running For Boris Johnson’s Succession

Ben Wallace, given as a favorite for the prime minister’s successor, wants to focus on his current task and “ensure the security of the country”.

British Defense Minister Ben Wallace, who has been voted the favorite for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s successor, announced on Saturday his decision not to run for election to lead the Conservative Party.

,After careful consideration and discussion with my colleagues and my family, I have decided not to enter the Conservative Party leadership race.“, Ben Wallace wrote on Twitter, explaining that he wants to focus on his current job andensure the security of the country,

expressing gratitude to those whopromisedHe extended his best wishes to all the candidates for their support. ,I hope we can refocus on the issues we were chosen for”, he added. Since Thursday’s announcement of the resignation of Boris Johnson, swept away by a series of scandals, four candidates have so far declared themselves.

Former finance minister Rishi Sunak is the only heavyweight at the moment, but he risks being quickly joined by other current or former ministers such as Liz Truss (Foreign Affairs) or Nadim Zahavi (Finance). Secretary of State for Foreign Trade Penny Mordaunt and former Health Minister Sajid Javid are serious competitors.


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