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West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock backs Boris for Prime Minister

West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock has thrown his support behind Boris Johnson to be the next Prime Minister.

Mr Hancock, who dropped out of the Conservative leadership race on Friday, tweeted yesterday: "It’s time to unite.

"I’m backing Boris to be the next PM on a pro-enterprise One Nation ticket."

Matt Hancock (12464544)
Matt Hancock (12464544)

The Health Secretary secured the support of 20 MPs in the first ballot but quit the race saying it was 'clear the party is looking for a candidate for the unique circumstances that exist now'.

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab, Sajid Javid and Rory Stewart are all vying for the top job with a further ballot of MPs tomorrow.

Candidates who receive fewer than 33 votes will be eliminated and further ballots will be held until two remain.

Tory Party members will decide between the final two in a postal vote from June 22 and the winner will be announced about four weeks later.

Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill is an assistant whip and her office said she has not formally declared for any candidate in the election as the whips office is 'neutral'.

Read more: West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock quits race to be Prime Minister

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