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Wallace Rules Himself Out of UK Leadership Race

Ben Wallace.
Ben Wallace.Photographer: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg

More Tories have declared their allegiances in what is gearing up to be a fierce race for the top job, as a Cabinet minister previously tipped to be a front-runner has ruled himself out of the contest.

So far ministers past and present have thrown their hats into the ring, but Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has announced that after "careful consideration" and discussion with colleagues and family, he will not be running to be leader and the next prime minister.