Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health, has withdrawn from the 2019 Conservative Party leadership contest. Hancock, who is the youngest candidate, came sixth in the first round and secured 20 votes. There are now six candidates remaining in the race to become leader of the party, with the second round of voting taking place on 18 June 2019.
Hancock said to the BBC:
“I’ve been incredibly encouraged and humbled by the amount of support that I’ve had in this campaign. I’ve tried to make the argument about the values that the Conservative Party needs to hold dear, of free enterprise and support for a free society and being open and optimistic and enthusiastic about the future.”