Boris Johnson steps aside from Tory leadership contest


A file photograph showing British Conservative Member of Parliament Boris Johnson (R) listens to British Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove (L) addressing the media, after their Vote Leave campaign won the United Kingdom's EU referendum, in London, Britain, 24 June 2016. Media reports on 30 June 2016 that Michael Gove is to run in the Conservative Party leadership contest with the winner to be announced on 09 September 2016.

Boris Johnson steps aside from Tory leadership contest

Boris Johnson announced he will not stand as Conservative leader.

In a brief statement on Thursday he said that "having consulted colleagues and in view of the circumstances of Parliament I have concluded that person cannot be me."

The BBC links Johnson's’ decision to a feeling of betrayal by the announcement of Justice Secretary Michael Gove to contest. Gove specifically said he did not believe in Boris Johnson's ability to put together the team required and address the challenge ahead.

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