Esther McVey announces she will be running for Tory leadership and Prime Minister

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The controversial Liverpool-born MP wants the top job

Esther McVey, the controversial hard-line Tory MP, has announced she will be running to become leader of the Conservative Party – and Prime Minister.

The Liverpool-born politician, who is reviled across much of her home city for her slashing of benefits and championing of policies like the Bedroom Tax and Universal Credit, has confirmed her bid today.

The former welfare-slasher and 50/1 outsider joined a growing field of Tory hopefuls today as she announced her bid on TalkRadio.

She said: “I’ve always said quite clearly if I got enough support from colleagues then yes I would, and now people have come forward and I have got that support.

“So I will be going forward.”

Theresa May has refused calls to quit before her Brexit deal is done and a formal leadership contest is not under way.

But that hasn’t stopped a tide of Tory MPs jostling for position in the hope they might get the top job.

It is widely assumed that the winner of an official leadership contest would get the keys to Number 10.

Other contenders have yet to officially declare, they include Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab Amber Rudd and David Gauke.

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