UK PM candidate Hancock asks: Why should Boris Johnson avoid public scrutiny?

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The race to choose a new prime minister officially started Monday with ten hopefuls bidding to win the biggest job in British politics.

The Brexit years have not been kind to the Conservative Party - first losing the Brexit referendum against the British people that was meant to be a certain victory and which forced Cameron's resignation, and then almost three years of self-inflicted Brexit defeats at the hands of Theresa May.

Hancock, now health minister, said he was confident of getting a deal for Britain to leave by October 31.

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.

He did not hold a high-profile campaign launch on Monday, but his rivals lined up to take potshots at him and his pledge to raise the point at which workers begin paying a 40 percent income tax to 80,000 pounds (102,000 USA dollars) annual pay from 50,000 pounds.

The Conservatives have been hammered in recent European and local elections as voters punish the party for failing to leave the 28-nation EU.

May has struggled to push the Brexit withdrawal agreement through parliament in the face of fierce resistance from both her Conservative Party and the opposition.

The favourite on betting markets is Boris Johnson, a former foreign secretary with an instantly recognisable mop of blond hair and a knack for entertaining the public.

"I think everybody should participate in the proposed TV debates and I think we have got to ask the question 'Why not?"' 'In getting a good deal, money is a great solvent and a great lubricant'.

That stance has raised eyebrows in Brussels and has led some European Union officials to suggest it would amount to Britain defaulting on its sovereign debt which could make it harder for the country to raise money in global debt markets.

Johnson is not only the bookmakers' clear favorite but, according to polls, the most popular with the 160,000 party members who will ultimately make the choice.

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"We need the art of tough negotiation, not the art of empty rhetoric", said leadership rival Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary.

Leadsom said she'd seek a "temporary" free-trade deal - potentially modeled on the EU-Japan agreement - to preserve manufacturers' supply chains.

He also attacked Johnson's plans for a tax cut for the rich.

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Gove has admitted he was "fortunate" to have avoided prison but insisted that "all politicians have lives before politics".

The run-up to the shortlist has also seen further scrutiny of Michael Gove after his admission that he had taken cocaine - a class A drug - several times when he was a journalist.

Taking a dig at Johnson's campaign, Gove said on Monday he would never use the taxation system to give the wealthy a tax cut.

The Aberdeen South MP claimed suggestions that Mr Johnson is unpopular in Scotland are "nonsense" and "much like the mythical Loch Ness monster".

"Mr. Johnson, whatever you do, don't pull out", the minister said on Monday as he launched his Tory leadership bid.

"Why? It's because I'm being straight with you and it just isn't possible", he said. He has a history of missteps and his advisers appear keen to manage his campaign carefully.

These included global development minister Rory Stewart, home affairs minister Sajid Javid, former work and pensions minister and ex-TV presenter Esther McVey, health minister Matthew Hancock, and former immigration minister Mark Harper. Rounding out the group are current and former cabinet members Sajid Javid, Matt Hancock, Rory Stewart and Mark Harper.

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