- Sam Gyimah makes second referendum promise as he joins race to succeed Theresa May.
- The former minister reveals his candidacy on Sky News – and pledges to hold another public vote if he wins the contest.
Former minister Sam Gyimah has become the 13th Conservative to enter the race to succeed Theresa May as party leader and prime minister.
Mr Gyimah told Sky News he was joining the crowded field to “broaden the race” – and pledged to hold a second referendum if he won.
“I will be joining the contest to be the next Conservative leader and prime minister to broaden the race,” he told the Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme.
“There is a wide range of candidates out there but there is a very narrow set of views on Brexit being discussed.
“And over the last few weeks I have watched on, discussing with colleagues in frustration that while there’s a broad sweep of opinion in the country on how we move forward at this critical time, that is not being reflected in the contest at the moment.”
Amid the Brexit crisis, British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that she will resign as the leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister on June 7, 2019.
Already, the race to succeed Theresa May is heating up with 13 people, as of Sunday, June 2, 2019, declaring their interest
Who is Sam Gyimah?
Sam Gyimah is of Ghanaian descent. He was born Samuel Phillip Gyimah to Ghanaian parents at Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. At the age of six, his parents splitted up. Gyimah’s mother returned to Ghana with him and his two other siblings while his father remained in the UK.
Gyimah stayed in Ghana for about 10 years and attended the Achimota School before going back to the UK to his GCSEs and A-levels at Freman College. He then attended the Somerville College at the University of Oxford, where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and was elected President of the Oxford Union.
After school, Gyimah was employed as an investment banker by Goldman Sachs before he set his own firm in 2003. His firm, Clearstone Training and Recruitment Limited folded up in 2007. In 2010, Gyimah was elected and MP during general elections and he held various positions in David Cameron’s government.
Mr Gyimah was universities minister until last November, when he quit the government over Theresa May’s handling of Brexit.
Since then, he has become a vocal supporter of another public vote.