'Boris needs to be put to the test' says Michael Gove

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Published on 17 Jun 2019, 11:15
The front-runner to replace Theresa May as British prime minister, Boris Johnson, needs to be put to the test, rival contender Michael Gove said on Monday (June 17).

Johnson has so far kept a low profile in the leadership race, but Gove told BBC radio he needs to be tested and to ensure people know they are both capable of being prime minister.

Leaving to appear on BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Gove told reporters he was looking forward to discussing ideas on how to "make the country better" on air, after being asked if his rival could be beaten now.

Boris Johnson, who avoided media questions on Monday morning, got a boost in his bid to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday when one of his former rivals backed him and said he was almost certain to win the contest.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who dropped out of the race on Friday after winning 20 votes in the first ballot of Conservative lawmakers, said Johnson was the best candidate to lead the party.

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