The field is getting crowded in the race to succeed British Prime Minister Theresa May as head of the Conservative Party, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock becoming the fifth politician to announce he will compete for the post.
“Im going to run to be the next prime minister, because I believe from the bottom of my heart that we need a leader for the future, not just for now,” Hancock told BBC4s Today program on Saturday.
“Of course weve got to deliver Brexit, and I will, but we need to win the argument for free enterprise and a free society, and do all the other things that we need to do to make this country a great place to live,” he said, adding that “a no-deal Brexit is not an active policy thats available to the next prime minister, whoever they are.”
May announced Friday she will resign as Conservative Party leader on June 7, triggering a rapid-fire battle to replace her as Tory leader and prime minister before Britains scheduled departure from the EU on October 31.
Hancock joins former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for International Development Rory Stewart, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Esther McVey, who have already announced their intention to compete for the post.
Johnson, broadly seen as the front-runner,