Rishi Sunak officially launches bid to be next Prime Minister

Rishi Sunak officially announces he’s standing for PM

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Rishi Sunak has confirmed his candidacy for the leadership of the Conservative Party – hours after talks with Boris Johnson over joining forces ended in stalemate.  In a statement shared via Twitter, the former Chancellor said: “I served as your chancellor, helping to steer our economy through the toughest of times.

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“The challenges we face now are even greater. But the opportunities, if we make the right choice, are phenomenal.

“I have the track record of delivery, a clear plan to fix the biggest problems we face and I will deliver on the promise of the 2019 manifesto.

“There will be integrity, professionalism and accountability at every level of the government I lead and I will work day in and day out to get the job done

“I am asking you for the opportunity to help fix our problems.

“To lead our party and country forwards towards the next general election, confident in our record, firm in our convictions and ready to lead again”.

Inside sources have told Express.co.uk talks between the two men last night failed to result in Mr Johnson agreeing to step aside for the man who served as his Chancellor, and whose decision to quit he is believed to blame for his downfall.

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