EVESHAM’S MP Nigel Huddleston is backing Theresa May to become the next Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister.
Last Thursday (June 30) Mrs May, the longest serving Home Secretary, launched her leadership bid to succeed David Cameron who will be standing down in September after Britain voted to leave the European Union.
The Mid-Worcestershire MP said in a statement he is backing Mrs May ‘for the unity of my country and party’ and said she has the ‘most suitable experience, temperamant and skills’ needed to lead the country.
Mrs May will go up against four other candidates vying to become the next Tory leader and Prime Minister, including Justice Secretary Michael Gove, former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb and Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom.
In a statement, Mr Huddleston said: “In Theresa May, Stephen Crabb, Michael Gove, Andrea Leadsom and Liam Fox, we have five strong candidates, with vastly different skills and experiences – all of whom could competently take on the role of Conservative Party leader.
“But we are not just looking for a party leader, but a Prime Minister in very uncertain times.
“Theresa May has the most suitable experience, temperament, and skills to take on the awesome responsibility of becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She also has a clear and positive vision for the future of our country.
“I have consulted widely in my constituency and discussed the candidates with many members of my local Conservative Association over the last few days. From the conversations I have had, Theresa May is the preferred candidate of both the local electorate and local Conservative members and supporters – including many who had supported Brexit.
“As Home Secretary for more than 6 years, Theresa May has shown she has tenacity and staying power. She is not afraid of taking on difficult tasks or of fighting vested interests. She exudes competence. She takes her job seriously. By her own admission, she does not hang around the tea rooms and bars of the House of Commons gossiping or trying to curry favour. She gets on with the job in hand and is laser focused on that job until it is done.
“When Theresa May visited my constituency in 2014 she held a Q&A session and showed that she was not only a master of her own Home Office brief but of every other department too. Everyone who attended the event said how impressive she was.
“For a long time, Theresa May has advanced an agenda of modernisation and reform within the Conservative Party and the country. As she said yesterday: ‘We have shown that when the Conservatives have an open, inclusive, One Nation agenda of social reform, we win elections – and we change the country for the better.’
“Theresa May is best positioned to bring the country and the party together after a bruising referendum debate.
“As leader, I know that Theresa May will continue the social reform programme started by David Cameron and will work towards making the UK an even wealthier and fairer society.
“For the unity of my country and my party and for the future of my children I shall, therefore be supporting Theresa May in the leadership election.”
Conservative MPs will vote to narrow down the current five candidates to just two in a series of ballots in Parliament.
The first of these takes place on Tuesday (July 5), then on Thursday (July 7) and finally, if necessary, on Tuesday, July 12.
And then Conservative members will have the final say in a postal ballot on who becomes the party’s next leader. It’s expected the new leader will be announced on September 9.