PM candidate Harper asks Johnson - Why won't you answer questions?

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

The victor will face the challenge of breaking Britain's impasse over Brexit, an issue that has bedeviled politicians for three years and ultimately defeated May.

The public campaign launches on Monday all set out domestic agendas, but it was Brexit that dominated, with overt and thinly-veiled digs at former foreign minister Johnson.

"Mr. Johnson, whatever you do, don't pull out", the minister said on Monday as he launched his Tory leadership bid. The party has been dragged down by the Brexit turmoil and finished fifth in the recent elections to the European parliament.

The final candidates for the Conservative Party leadership race in the United Kingdom have been confirmed, with 10 in the running to become the next Prime Minister and to live at 10 Downing Street, London.

He wants to leave on October 31, preferably with a deal but would prefer no deal over no Brexit.

He has even suggested he could suspend parliament if it tried to delay or impede Brexit. "We must grow our bonds into a very special relationship built on centuries of diplomacy, trade and common values, and importantly, our people to people ties that continue to enrich our countries and our links", she said.

And it criticises the former foreign secretary for adopting a "bunker mentality" and not fighting back against his critics. He has threatened to withhold an agreed $50 billion "divorce" payment if the bloc plays hardball.

But Johnson's bombastic rhetoric has alienated many colleagues and voters, he has been accused of lying during the Brexit campaign and his time as foreign minister was underwhelming.

Regarded as even-tempered and competent, he managed to navigate a heated contract dispute with doctors in the National Health Service when he was health secretary.

Prime Minister Theresa May officially stepped down as the leader of the Conservative Party last week, but will remain as prime minister until her successor is chosen.

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But the Environment Secretary face is all over the press after he admitted taking cocaine, leaving his campaign hanging by a thread.

The former Brexit Secretary, who held the post from July to November, resigned in opposition to the divorce deal that MsMay struck with the European Union.

The cerebral 51-year-old is among the most ardent eurosceptics left in May's government but is seen as a possible unifying figure between the two wings of the party. He was the only one to support holding a second Brexit referendum.

"It wasn't enough to believe in Brexit - you've got to be able to deliver it".

Having been a loyal lieutenant to the disastrous leadership of Britain's present Prime Minister, Hunt is seen as a contingency-May candidate, who herself was thought of at the time of her selection as a continuation of the legacy of David Cameron.

She ran against Ms May for Tory leader in 2016, quitting the race after receiving harsh criticism for saying motherhood helped make her qualified to lead as opposed to Ms May, who has no children.

Worldwide development minister Rory Stewart has been holding conversations with the public over the past few days as part of his strategy, with former ministers Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey among some of the other key contenders.

A former television presenter and Cabinet minister, Ms McVey is an uncompromising Brexiteer and says she has the skills to connect with blue-collar Conservatives.

This makes him an extreme outsider in the contest, which will be decided by a largely pro-Brexit party membership.

A former Conservative whip in Parliament, Harper is one of the lesser-known contenders.

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