Michael Gove, Abandoning Boris Johnson, Enters Race for Conservative Party Leadership

June 30, 2016 9:35 AM

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LONDON — Displaying further division and discord among the leaders of the victorious campaign to take Britain out of the European Union, Michael Gove, the justice secretary, announced on Thursday his candidacy to lead the Conservative Party and become prime minister.

Mr. Gove’s candidacy is a significant blow to Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London who with Mr. Gove was among the most prominent leaders of the campaign to leave the bloc. And it could be a significant boost for Theresa May, the home secretary, who supported staying in the European Union, but ...

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