MATT Hancock has pulled out of the Conservative Leadership Race.
The Health Secretary said he was not endorsing any of his rivals, but said he was “talking” to them all.
Hancock, was the youngest contender and told the BBC that he was “focused on the future”, and that the Tories needed a leader to succeed in “the here and now”.
The news came after Boris Johnson won a staggering win in yesterdays the first ballot of Tory MPs gaining a whopping 114 votes putting him on a clear course for Number 10.
BORIS Johnson galloped towards the Iron Throne of the UK yesterday, racing ahead of his rivals after convincingly winning the opening round of the Tory leadership – prompting allies to urge rivals to quit now.
The former foreign secretary romped home in the ballot of Conservative MPs, winning more votes than the combined totals of Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and Dominic Raab, who came second, third and fourth.
Allies of Mr Johnson urged Mr Raab and lower-placed candidates Sajid Javid, and Rory Stewart to drop out, telling reporters that fighting on would be ‘indulgence’.
One Johnson ally accused the other three remaining candidates of fighting ‘vanity’ campaigns, after they mustered just 62 votes between them, and said they should pull out.
‘Prolonging the contest is an act of self-indulgence that the party does not have time for’, the source added.
A former minister involved in the Boris campaign told MailOnline the stragglers in the contest should think about withdrawing.
‘They would be wise to take a hard look at their numbers,’ they said. ‘The bar rises on Tuesday beyond the reach of all but three candidates.’