He is now the sixth candidate to officially announce they will take part in the race for the top spot after Mrs May leaves on June 7. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, and former work and pensions secretary Esther McVey are all in the running. The prominent Brexiteer made the announcement this evening.
Mr Raab, 45, joined many other politicians in praising the Tory leader’s “dignified” speech in Downing Street.
He tweeted: ”Dignified as ever, Theresa May showed her integrity. She remains a dedicated public servant, patriot and loyal Conservative.”
Dominic Raab is the former Brexit Secretary who resigned from his post on November 15 last year, saying he could no longer support Mrs May’s deal “in good conscience”.
In his resignation letter at the time, he wrote: “I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit.”
Buckinghamshire born and bred Mr Raab is a known Brexiteer and a founder of the Leave Means Leave campaign, which is championing a World Trade Organisation (WTO) Brexit.
He is the Conservative MP for Esher and Walton, a post he has held since 2010.
A former litigation lawyer in the City, Mr Raab attained his undergraduate degree at Oxford.
He went on to study a Masters at Cambridge, where he won the Clive Parry Prize for International Law.
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