Sam Gyimah has withdrawn from the Conservative leadership election, citing a lack of support, shortly after the deadline passed for candidates to submit nomination papers. In so doing he appears to have become the latest person to be culled from the race by the higher nomination threshold introduced by the 1922 Committee last week.
Gyimah, the only leadership candidate backing a second referendum, announced the decision on Twitter in a statement which attributed the problem to “having entered the race at such a late stage”, meaning “there has not been enough time to build sufficient support.”
He added that “my purpose in campaigning for a solution to the [Brexit] deadlock, and bringing new ideas to help my party win over modern Britain, will not change.”
Here is his full withdrawal statement: