West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock quits race to be Prime Minister
West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock has withdrawn from the Conservative leadership race.
The Health Secretary made it through to the second round ballot in the contest after securing the support of 20 MPs.
However, today he announced his decision to withdraw from the race.
He said: "I'm incredibly grateful for all the support I've received throughout this campaign and I'm really proud we've set the agenda in fighting for values of free enterprise and a free society and trying to make sure the Conservative Party is focused on delivering for people and winning the centre ground of politics.
"I put myself forward as the candidate of the future but it's increasingly clear the party is understandably looking for a candidate for the unique circumstances that exist now.
"So I've decided to withdraw from this race and find other ways to advance the values I hold so strongly - the need for the Conservative Party to be pro-business, pro-enterprise, open, outward looking, gregarious and engage supporting every individual to make the best that they can in life.
"I will be talking to all the other candidates and see how best we can promote those values in the days to come in this contest and then through Government over the months and years ahead."
Those still in the race are Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab, Sajid Javid and Rory Stewart.
They go through to the next round on Tuesday followed by further ballots of MPs.
Tory Party members will decide between the final two.
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