Tory leadership contest: Mark Harper is 12th MP to enter race
Mark Harper enters UK prime minister race to replace Theresa May: Telegraph
Britain’s Mark Harper has become the 12th Conservative Party member of parliament to enter the leadership race to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, the Telegraph reported on Thursday.
Mark Harper has become the 12th candidate to join the race for the Conservative leadership.
Former Conservative chief whip Mark Harper has become the 12th Tory MP to enter the race to become the next prime minister – telling Sky News that many of his rivals have already “failed” on Brexit.
The backbench MP, who was a minister in David Cameron’s government, said he could offer a “fresh approach” to “deliver on the promises we have made”.
His rivals to replace Theresa May include five current and four former cabinet ministers.
The winner of the contest, expected to be announced by the end of July, will also become prime minister.
Mr Harper, MP for the Forest of Dean, was a minister in the Home Office and Department for Work and Pensions during the 2010-2015 coalition government and is a former chief whip – whose role is to maintain party discipline and ensure its MPs vote with the government.