Conservative party leadership

Following the resignation of Theresa May on 7th June, the contest to become the next Conservative leader and Prime Minister began in earnest.

As many of you know, I supported Dominic Raab in the initial race between MPs to reach the final two before the vote went to the Conservative Party Membership.

I was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Dominic Raab during his time at the Department for Exiting the European Union and I saw first-hand how talented he is. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it through to the final round.

The two final candidates for PM are Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson. I firmly believe the most important thing for the Conservative Party and this country is to secure Brexit on the 31st October. Boris Johnson is the most committed to achieving this and therefore I will be supporting him in this race.

The former Mayor of London is a very colourful character who attracts a lot of attention and comment wherever he goes. I have always found him to be the same in private as he is in public and I believe he will move forward with Brexit.

The Brexit Party, led by Nigel Farage has been able to take advantage of Theresa May’s failure to take us out of the European Union on the original deadline date of 29th March. This should be a huge wake-up call for the Conservative Party.

If we leave the EU on the 31st October, it negates any necessity for the Brexit Party to exist and the country can move on from this issue, which has dominated and divided British politics for many years.

I, like the majority of people in Dartford, want to see Brexit happen so that we get on with all the other pressing issues affecting people across the UK.