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Matt Hancock launches his shadow campaign

Matt Hancock launches his shadow campaign
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Today is a big day for the Tory leadership candidates, as the nominations for the race close, and several of the contenders officially launch their pitch to be the next Prime Minister.

But if Tory leadership contender Matt Hancock was hoping to use the day to boost his profile and win over his fellow MPs, he's not had the best start. The health minister launched his campaign at a trendy location in the Southbank in London this morning, and spoke to the assembled hacks in front of a beautiful large window overlooking the city.

Unfortunately, it appears that while Hancock's speech looked impressive in the room, the lighting didn't quite work on live TV, leading to Hancock looking more like a shadow than a cabinet minister:

Oops. Well, Mr S believes that Matt Hancock did want to be the dark horse of the race...

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