June 26, 2019 / 6:25 AM / 2 months ago

Stewart backing Hunt in race to be next PM

PM hopeful Rory Stewart arrives in Downing Street in London, Britain June 18, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Rory Stewart, Britain’s aid minister and a former candidate to be the next prime minister, said he would now support Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt over favourite Boris Johnson in the race to succeed Theresa May.

“I’m not a supporter of Boris and I wouldn’t serve in his cabinet, so I’m supporting Jeremy Hunt,” Stewart told BBC radio. Stewart was eliminated from the contest last week.

“I think Jeremy Hunt would make a much better Prime Minister than Boris Johnson.”

Stewart added that he would vote against the government to try and prevent a no-deal Brexit but would not vote to bring down the government and trigger a general election.

Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Kate Holton

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