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Why did Boris Johnson drop out of the race?

OxfordUni
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7/3/2016 9:45:11 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Why did Boris Johnson drop out of the race to become next prime minister? His actions are somewhat illogical, first he spends the last 2 to 3 months of his life campaigning, debating, not to mention getting a constant grilling from his opponents, secondly he wins the campaign I gains strong support from the conservative party to become next PM. Even if Michael Gove did stab him at the back, he was still the lead favourite to win, I believe that there is more than meets the eye on why he chose to step out.

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Emilrose
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7/3/2016 10:33:24 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
I agree. I would say that all likelihood, Johnson came to the same conclusion that Gove did--that he simply wasn't suitable for the job. If he'd had truly wanted to become leader, he'd be campaigning now.
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7/4/2016 12:46:07 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/3/2016 9:45:11 PM, OxfordUni wrote:
Why did Boris Johnson drop out of the race to become next prime minister? His actions are somewhat illogical, first he spends the last 2 to 3 months of his life campaigning, debating, not to mention getting a constant grilling from his opponents, secondly he wins the campaign I gains strong support from the conservative party to become next PM. Even if Michael Gove did stab him at the back, he was still the lead favourite to win, I believe that there is more than meets the eye on why he chose to step out.

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Gove was going to split the vote and hand it to Teresa may, he figured that it would be better to have a simple race rather than a crowded field. Unlike Labour and the Greens the Tories use first past the post to elect their leader.