EVESHAM’S MP Nigel Huddleston said David Cameron would be ‘difficult to replace’ after the Prime Minister revealed he was resigning following Britain’s vote to leave the EU.
Mr Cameron announced he would stand down as leader and Prime Minister in time for the party’s conference in October.
He led the remain campaign which was defeated by 52 per cent to 48 per cent in yesterday’s (Thursday) historic referendum.
The Prime Minister’s resignation follows a dramatic night in which voters across Wychavon district voted to leave the European Union.
Turnout in the district stood at 81 per cent and saw 58 per cent of residents (44,201) vote to leave while 42 per cent expressed their wish to remain.
Mr Huddleston has described the Prime Minister as a ‘true statesman’ and said he had transformed the Conservative Party.
“The dignified manner in which the Prime Minister announced his intention to stand down showed him to be a true statesman,” he said.
“David Cameron has transformed my party, the Conservative Party, for the better. He is a hard act to follow and I and the Conservative Party have a lot to thank him for.”
On the result, Mr Huddleston described the outcome as a ‘momentous decision for the country and a key moment in our nation’s history’.
“It was not the result I personally wanted, but I respectfully accept the will of the majority of the British public,” he said.
“As an MP I now have the awesome responsibility to work with my colleagues in parliament and in government to ensure that the UK gets the best deal possible for the UK as we renegotiate our future relationship with Europe.
“The British public will need to be patient as we iron out the details of Brexit and we may not get everything that was promised by the Brexit campaigners during the referendum campaign.
“I am confident that we will find a way to navigate a new course for the UK that will enable us to flourish as a nation and determine our own destiny while participating fully on the international stage,” he added.
Pershore’s MP Harriett Baldwin said British people must all respect the decision made by voters.
“England and Wales have spoken and said something different than Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“As a result of this vote, the Prime Minister, my party leader, the man the country elected only last year has chosen to step down.
“Under his leadership the country has grown by 13 per cent and a record number of fellow Britons are in work and at the election last year, the Conservative party won its first majority for 23 years.
“I will continue to work to achieve the very best outcome for people in West Worcestershire during the uncertain process of unravelling our 40 year economic union,” she added.