UK defense minister pulls out of Conservative Party leadership race

9 July, 06:01 PM
UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace (Photo:REUTERS/Hannah Mckay)

UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace (Photo:REUTERS/Hannah Mckay)

UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, one of the favorites for the post of prime minister following the resignation of incumbent Boris Johnson, has pulled out of the race for the leadership of the country’s ruling Conservative Party.

“After careful consideration and discussing with colleagues and family, I have taken the decision not to enter the contest for leadership of the Conservative Party,” Wallace wrote on Twitter.

He thanked his colleagues in the UK Parliament for their support and wished good luck to the other candidates.

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“It has not been an easy choice to make, but my focus is on my current job and keeping this great country safe,” added Wallace. “I wish the very best of luck to all candidates and hope we swiftly return to focusing on the issues that we are all elected to address.”

Wallace, 52-years old, had overtaken British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in recent months as most popular member of government among members of the Conservative Party thanks to his handling of the crisis over Russia's full scale-invasion of Ukraine.

Wallace has repeatedly shown support for Ukraine and advocated the most severe measures against the aggressor country of Russia. He stated that even after Prime Minister Boris Johnsonresigns, the UK will continue to support Ukraine.

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