Where's Johnson? UK PM candidate criticized for avoiding scrutiny

Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson

Michael Gove has pledged a raft of policies targeting "overlooked families and undervalued communities" as he sought to shrug off revelations about drug use and remain in the race to be Britain's next prime minister.

The victor will face the challenge of breaking Britain's impasse over Brexit, an issue that has bedeviled politicians for three years and ultimately defeated May.

The favourite to replace Theresa May as prime minister has been accused of avoiding scrutiny by hiding away from the Tory leadership contest.

Another candidate, Mark Harper, said: "If you've got nothing to hide, you won't mind answering questions".

The Conservatives have been hammered in recent European and local elections as voters punish the party for failing to leave the 28-nation EU.

Mark Harper, one of the candidates vying to succeed British Prime Minister Theresa May, said he would seek a new Brexit deal and could not promise the exit would happen by October 31.

He also said he would abolish the Irish backstop agreement that would have seen Northern Ireland and Ireland maintain an open border after the United Kingdom quits the EU.

The differences between the candidates reflect Conservative disunity on the issue, which has meant that, three years after the United Kingdom voted by 52percent to 48 percent to quit the European Union, it remains unclear how, when or even whether it will indeed leave.

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

Health Secretary Matt Hancock pitches himself as the face of a younger, modernising generation in the Conservative Party. "We must grow our bonds into a very special relationship built on centuries of diplomacy, trade and common values, and importantly, our people to people ties that continue to enrich our countries and our links", she said.

The former London mayor and foreign secretary adores the limelight and courts the media, tousling his blond hair to make it even more unruly and peppering his speeches with jokes, quips and Latin phrases. The two men led the Vote Leave campaign in the 2016 Brexit referendum but their relationship has deteriorated. He has threatened to withhold an agreed $50 billion "divorce" payment if the bloc plays hardball.

Hunt has held a variety of government posts and has been foreign secretary since Johnson resigned in JuIy over Brexit.

"We won't get a good deal with bluff and bluster", said Raab, one of the most hardline Brexit advocates.

She remains prime minister until a new leader is chosen, likely in late July, and they will automatically enter Downing Street.

By contrast, another leading candidate, Environment Secretary Michael Gove, spent the weekend apologising after revealing he had taken cocaine on several occasions two decades ago. Hunt is among those who are talking tough on the divorce terms or exiting without a deal.

"The problem is that there are nearly as many kinds of Brexit as there are MPs".

He opposed Brexit during the 2016 referendum before switching sides.

However, he looks determined to carry on with his bid saying he is "undaunted" by criticism because he believes he can deliver Brexit.

The Tory leadership hopeful, who is one of the frontrunners to succeed Theresa May as the UK's next prime minister, has already unveiled radical income tax proposals.

A former television presenter and Cabinet minister, Ms McVey is an uncompromising Brexiteer and says she has the skills to connect with blue-collar Conservatives.

"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.

The final choice will then be made by more than 160,000 paying party members. This occurs without a further national election, as the Conservatives presently have the largest number of Members of Parliament, and so form a government.

Related News:



Most liked

More Bodies Found as Disaster River Cruise Boat Raised in Budapest
At one point, one member of the rescue crew fell into the fast-flowing water and had to be rescued after nearly being swept away. The captain was held under suspicion of misconduct in waterborne traffic leading to mass casualties, police have said.

Gennady Golovkin brutally knocks out Steve Rolls, calls for third Canelo fight
It is the unknown fighters who can end up being the most unsafe . "I feel right now like the people's champ". Steve Rolls was always going to be a live underdog in a fight against an opponent of GGG's pedigree.

Carson Wentz, Eagles Agree to Four-Year Contract Extension Through 2024
The Philadelphia Eagles signed franchise quarterback Carson Wentz to a four-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday. Backup Nick Foles directed the Eagles through the playoffs and to a Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots.

Scores killed in attack on central Mali village
Some Peuhl leaders had vowed to carry out reprisals for the March bloodshed . The local official said the village had a population of about 300.

Man United to sign Wales winger Daniel James from Swansea
Manchester United have announced that they have agreed to a deal in principle with Swansea for Daniel James . It's reported United will pay Swansea £18million, including add-ons, for the 21-year-old Wales global .

Kim Jong-un's half-brother's surprising secret emerges
But US intelligence agencies concluded that Kim Jong-nam was ill-suited to fill such a role, several former US officials said. Beyond that, it doesn't appear that Kim Jong Nam was the recipient of much confidence in the intelligence community.

Ex-NFL player guilty of rape, indecent exposure, lewd conduct
A 54-year-old hitchhiker said he drove her to an Encinitas shopping centre parking lot and raped her in his Hummer in March 2018. The rape charge stemmed from a May 13, 2018, assault on a 58-year-old homeless woman in Encinitas.

Paul Pogba could still return to Juventus despite financial issues
Is £100 million a fair price to pay for a player who scored 16 goals and recorded nine assists in all competitions last season? It's not just Pogba who's keen for the reunion either - with Juve ready to go to extreme lengths to bring him back to Turin.

Leonard sues Nike in logo flap
The report states that the logo is based on sketches Leonard crafted during his collegiate career at San Diego State. Leonard and Nike ended their endorsement relationship on September 30, 2018.

Asus 6Z (Zenfone 6) to launch in India on June 19
Measuring 159.1 x 75.4 x 9.2 mm, the smartphone packs a 5000 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 support for fast charging. Besides the different marketing moniker, the hardware specifications of the Asus 6z continue as before as the ZenFone 6 .

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Pre-Order Guide - Bonuses, Editions, And More
Final Fantasy VII Remake is such a nostalgic name which brings such huge numbers of recollections of our flawless adolescence. One thing has remained the same though, with Square Enix confirming that the game will still have an episodic release.

Devolver Digital Unveils Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout; Coming to PS4 and PC
In Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout , 100 players are trying to reach a crown at the end of an obstacle-filled level. The arcade cabinet features handsome art on the side panels and two guns, one for you and a fellow Gungeoneer.

Madden NFL 20 release date and pre-order
He was deservingly one of the best players in the game, and in this year's edition, he's getting added focus from EA Sports . Players also can level up their archetype and unlock special abilities, named superstar abilities.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro supports only 25W fast charge
Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note 10 in early August, which means we'll soon learn everything there is to know about the phone. The photos you see here and published by SlashLeaks likely show the standard Galaxy Note 10 with a 6.28-inch display.

Ghostwire Tokyo Announced by Tango Gameworks and Bethesda
Ghostwire: Tokyo will be different than the previous games of Tango Gameworks (for example, The Evil Within games). Ghostwire Tokyo doesn't have a release date yet, but we'll keep you posted on any details as soon as we get them.