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Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab joins race for Prime Minister

Mirror logo Mirror 25/05/2019 Danya Bazaraa
Dominic Raab wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Dominic Raab - UK Parliament official portraits 2017 © Chris McAndrew / UK Parliament (Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)) Dominic Raab - UK Parliament official portraits 2017 Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has joined the race for the Tory leadership.

Mr Raab vowed to fight for a fairer deal on Brexit and said that would require 'focus, discipline and resolve'.

His announcement now puts six candidates in the running as potential Conservative party leaders.

Other confirmed candidates are Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, and former Work and Pensions secretary Esther McVey.

Dominic Raab in a suit standing in front of a building: Mr Raab was a prominent Brexiteer in the referendum campaign © Bloomberg via Getty Images Mr Raab was a prominent Brexiteer in the referendum campaign "To deliver Brexit successfully will require focus, discipline and resolve," Mr Raab wrote in an article for the Mail on Sunday. 

"As a former Foreign Office lawyer and Brexit Secretary I have the experience."

He said he would prefer to leave the EU with a deal but said the UK must "calmly demonstrate unflinching resolve to leave in October - at the latest".

The MP for Esher and Walton said: "The country now feels stuck in the mud, humiliated by Brussels and incapable of finding a way forward.

Dominic Raab wearing a suit and tie: Dominic Raab said it's time for a new direction © Getty Dominic Raab said it's time for a new direction "The Prime Minister has announced her resignation.  "It's time for a new direction."

Mr Raab was a prominent Brexiteer in the referendum campaign and Theresa May appointed him as her second Brexit secretary in July.

But he quit the role in November, saying he could not support her eventual deal.

Theresa May will stand down as Tory leader on June 7 after a state visit by US president Donald Trump.

a person standing in front of a building talking on a cell phone: Theresa May broke down during her speech announcing her departure © SWNS Theresa May broke down during her speech announcing her departure She will then remain as caretaker PM until her successor is elected by the end of July, when she will visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace and formally resign.

Power-hungry Tory leadership rivals immediately began jostling to take over, led by  Boris Johnson.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the favourite among MPs, waited barely three hours before announcing his own run for the top job.

a close up of a man wearing glasses: Theresa May as she announced her resignation outside 10 Downing street © AFP/Getty Images Theresa May as she announced her resignation outside 10 Downing street

Mrs May stepped out through the black front door of No10 this week to admit her Brexit plans had finally hit the wall.

She said: “It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.

“I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal. Sadly, I have not been able to do so. I tried three times.

Jeremy Hunt wearing a suit and tie: Jeremy Hunt waited barely three hours before announcing his own run for the top job © ANDY RAIN/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX Jeremy Hunt waited barely three hours before announcing his own run for the top job “I believe it was right to persevere, even where the odds against success seemed high.

“But it is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new Prime Minister to lead that effort.”

Mrs May quoted her late constituent Sir Nicholas Winton, the Kindertransport hero who rescued hundreds of children from the Nazis, urging Tory MPs to compromise over Brexit.

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie: Tory leadership rivals immediately began jostling to take over, led by  Boris Johnson © Getty Images Tory leadership rivals immediately began jostling to take over, led by  Boris Johnson She recalled: “He said, ‘Never forget that compromise is not a dirty word. Life depends on compromise.’ He was right’.”

Having failed to break the Commons Brexit deadlock, she finally agreed to leave.

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