I have been overwhelmed by the incredible messages of support and goodwill from so many people. Thank you so much for your kindness and offers of help. In standing for the leadership, it was always about doing what is in the best interests of our Country.
A nine week campaign is clearly not in the interests of jobs, growth and certainty at this momentous time for the UK.
Theresa May has the support of more than 60% of our parliamentary colleagues, and will be able to provide the strong and unifying government that we urgently need.
I have therefore decided to withdraw from the leadership campaign, and have assured Theresa of my full support.
I am confident she will fulfill her promise to withdraw from the EU in line with the clear instructions of the referendum.