LONDON (Reuters) – British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, one of many favourites to succeed Prime Minister Boris Johnson, mentioned on Saturday he had determined to not run within the management contest.
Wallace, 52, has risen in current months to overhaul Overseas Secretary Liz Truss as the most well-liked member of the federal government with Conservative Social gathering members, in response to Conservative Dwelling, because of his dealing with of the Ukraine disaster.
“After cautious consideration and discussing with colleagues and household, I’ve taken the choice to not enter the competition for management of the Conservative Social gathering,” Wallace mentioned on Twitter.
“It has not been a simple option to make, however my focus is on my present job and preserving this nice nation protected.”
4 Conservative lawmakers have formally confirmed their want to be the following chief up to now, however a couple of dozen others are additionally anticipated to run for the job. Wallace didn’t say he who he can be backing.
(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Modifying by Emelia Sithole-Matarise and David Holmes)
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