Published: Tue, June 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

‘Insane’ to skew policies towards wealthy, says Michael Gove

‘Insane’ to skew policies towards wealthy, says Michael Gove

A host of candidates to replace Theresa May as British prime minister launched their campaigns on Monday promising to solve the turmoil of Brexit and taking shots at frontrunner Boris Johnson.

The victor will face the challenge of breaking Britain's impasse over leaving the European Union, an issue that has bedevilled politicians for three years and ultimately defeated outgoing Ms May.

Johnson has also been endorsed by some pro-EU Tories who think the flamboyant, tousle-haired ex-foreign secretary has the skills to energize a demoralized party and win back voters angry at the mess politicians have made of Brexit.

He did not hold a high-profile campaign launch on Monday, but his rivals lined up to take potshots at him and his pledge to raise the point at which workers begin paying a 40 percent income tax to 80,000 pounds (102,000 US dollars) annual pay from 50,000 pounds. Hunt has also lambasted the gaffe-prone Johnson.

There is a risk that by temperament and record the leading candidates will incline towards a renewed focus on London - issues of regional neglect won't be uppermost in the minds of a Conservative Party member in a Home Counties constituency deciding who gets the key to Number 10.

Mr Harper, who was chief whip under David Cameron, insisted he was the only candidate with a "credible, deliverable plan".

"If Britain does want to leave, and if it wants to leave in an orderly fashion, then this is the way it must do it", she added.

He has even suggested he could suspend parliament if it tried to delay or impede Brexit.

And it criticises the former foreign secretary for adopting a "bunker mentality" and not fighting back against his critics.

Speaking to the BBC, Boris Johnson has openly confirmed that he will once again attempt to run for the Conservative Party leadership.

UK Foreign Secretary Hunt presented himself as the unity candidate capable of beating Johnson.

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Regarded as even-tempered and competent, he managed to navigate a heated contract dispute with doctors in the National Health Service when he was health secretary.

Prime Minister Theresa May officially stepped down as the leader of the Conservative Party last week, but will remain as prime minister until her successor is chosen.

Gove is also facing pressure after acknowledging that he took cocaine a couple of times before entering politics.

Dominic Raab, who quit as Brexit minister over May's divorce deal, said he too could secure a new agreement but promised that the United Kingdom would leave the European Union on October 31, even if that meant reverting to basic World Trade Organization trade terms.

Most of the other contenders have also confessed to occasional past use of drugs. He was the only one to support holding a second Brexit referendum. "Without Brexit there will be no Conservative government and maybe no Conservative Party".

"And they decided that delivering Brexit, however that economically impacts today, is absolutely imperative for their survival".

Rival Matt Hancock said: "I certainly think that everybody who puts their name forward to be prime minister should be open to scrutiny, should be accountable".

These included worldwide development minister Rory Stewart, home affairs minister Sajid Javid, former work and pensions minister and ex-TV presenter Esther McVey, health minister Matthew Hancock, and former immigration minister Mark Harper.

The 51-year-old Brexit supporter and former television presenter resigned as work and pensions secretary last year over Brexit compromises.

A rare pro-EU voice in the contest, MrGyimah quit as a junior minister a year ago so he could campaign for a new public referendum on Britain's membership in the bloc. After which, 16,000 party members will choose Britain's next PM.

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