'Believe in the bin': Rory Stewart amuses debate viewers with Brexit analogy

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Writing in The Times, Mr Hancock said: "Having considered all the options, I'm backing Boris Johnson as the best candidate to unite the Conservative party, so we can deliver Brexit and then unite the country behind an open, ambitious, forward-looking agenda, delivered with the energy that gets stuff done".

"The difference between me and Boris is that I would try for a deal", said Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, who is placed third favourite in the leadership contest.

Broadcaster Channel 4 left an empty lectern for Johnson, who has a commanding lead after last week's first round of voting by Tory lawmakers in the contest to replace Theresa May.

'I'm a loyal Conservative, so I'm not going to bring down a Boris Johnson Government, but I can not serve in a cabinet and advocate for something I don't believe in'. But others mistrust him for his long record of misleading and false statements, verbal blunders and erratic performance in high office.

Tory donors have initiated secret talks with Nigel Farage on an electoral pact which would see the Conservative Party not field candidates against his Brexit Party for seats in a potential snap general election, The Daily Telegraph reported.

The victor, who will become party leader and prime minister, is due to be announced in late July.

Hunt also offered a light apology to junior doctors for the way he dealt with the debacle as Health Secretary, saying: "I don't think I was as good at communicating my vision as I should have been".

This combination photo made up of file photos, shows the remaining six contenders in the U.K. Conservative Party leadership race on June 14.

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His closest rivals were: Jeremy Hunt, the foreign minister, who won 43 votes; Michael Gove, environment minister, with 37 votes and Dominic Raab, former Brexit minister, on 27 votes.

Although she insisted she would not vote that way herself, she added: "There are a number I know of privately who say that, so any candidate needs to factor that in as well into their strategy for the next few months". May became prime minister in 2016 without a party vote, after all her rivals dropped out of the race.

"You can not take Britain out of the European Union against the will of Parliament". The U.K. was originally due to leave the bloc on March 29, but Brexit has been delayed to October 31 because of the political deadlock in London.

Mr Stewart also took a swipe at Mr Johnson's leadership pitch that only he could renegotiate a fresh Brexit deal, claiming it was a "competition of machismo". "He should be here to answer that question".

The EU has previously said the withdrawal agreement reached with the United Kingdom can not be reopened.

He said the European Union had made it clear they would not revisit the withdrawal agreement.

International Development Secretary Rory Stewart said a no-deal Brexit would be "deeply damaging".

Conservative leader hopeful Rory Stewart MP speaks to GMB the day after the first televised leadership debate which aired on Channel 4.

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