David Davis fires the starting gun on race to replace Theresa May – insisting he’s best person to be PM

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DAVID Davis today fired the starting gun on the race to succeed Theresa May – hinting he will run to be PM.

The ex-Brexit Secretary suggested he is the best candidate to lead the country as he declared himself “the last of the great romantic radicals”.

David Davis says he could be the next Prime Minister
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Mr Davis is the first candidate to publicly express an interest in taking over since Mrs May announced she’ll quit in time for the next election.

He has previously run for the Tory leadership twice – losing to Iain Duncan Smith in 2001 and David Cameron in 2005.

In an interview in the April issue of Tatler, Mr Davis said he has the right qualifications to take over from Mrs May.

He said: “If this were an application for a job as a chief executive, I would probably win it. But it isn’t. And that isn’t the way the decision is done.”

Mr Davis added that he was the PM’s “favourite minister” before he resigned over Brexit last year.

And he boasted of his new fitness regime which has seen him shed the pounds since leaving the Cabinet.

The former minister, nicknamed “DD”, has been tipped as a possible pro-Brexit flagbearer in the next leadership contest.


But he could face an uphill battle to beat rivals such as Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid and Dominic Raab.

In his last leadership campaign, Mr Davis hired models to wear tight T-shirts with the slogan “It’s DD for me”.

Mrs May could step down as soon as this summer after promising to leave by 2022 in order to win the no-confidence vote triggered by her own MPs.

The PM has promised to step down in time for the next election
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