Home Secretary Sajid Javid has become the ninth MP to enter the Conservative leadership race after Theresa May announced her plan to resign last week.
Mr Javid, who has held a range of ministerial posts since his election as MP for Bromsgrove in 2010, said there was a need to “restore trust, bring unity and create new opportunities across the UK”.
The 49-year-old, who backed Remain in the referendum but has since positioned himself as a firm Leaver, said: “First and foremost, we must deliver Brexit.”
Mr Javid became the first home secretary from an ethnic minority background when he was appointed in April 2018.
The son of a Pakistani bus driver from Rochdale, he was a managing director at Deutsche Bank before being elected to Parliament.
Announcing his intention to stand in a message on Twitter, Mr Javid said: “I’m standing to be the next leader of @Conservatives & Prime Minister of our great country.
“We need to restore trust, bring unity and create new opportunities across the UK.
“First and foremost, we must deliver Brexit. Join @TeamSaj to help me do just that #TeamSaj.”