LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) – Boris Johnson, the front-runner to replace Theresa May as British prime minister but who has so far kept a low profile in the leadership race, needs to be put to the test, rival contender Michael Gove said on Monday.
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“At the moment, yes, of course, it is the case that Boris is the front-runner,” Gove told BBC radio.
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“But we need to make sure that he is tested and that we have two candidates who go forward, if Boris is one of them, who we know are capable of being prime minister from day one.”
Gove said Johnson was capable of being prime minister but the key question was who had the best record in office and the clearest vision of the future. (Writing by William Schomberg; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)