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MPs have their say: Boris Johnson announced as new Prime Minister 

 Published on: 23rd July 2019   |   By: Alex Pearson   |   Category: Uncategorized

It has been announced that Boris Johnson has been elected as the leader of the Conservatives and will be the new Prime Minister on Wednesday. 

The MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip was tipped to be entering Downing Street and beat his rival, Jeremy Hunt, by 92,153 votes to 46,656.

Mr Johnson MP is taking over the office at a critical time of the Brexit process and said we will leave the European Union with or without a deal by October 31.

His appointment comes after a seven-week contest which came shortly after Theresa May announced her resignation from the role.

Mr Johnson MP’s official campaign video led with the stern message of “We’re out, deal or no deal,” after Parliament rejected all of Theresa May’s deals.

In the video, he said: “That’s why now is the time to unite our society and unite our country. To build our infrastructure, invest in education, to improve our environment and support our fantastic NHS.”

Even though the margin between Boris Johnson MP and Jeremy Hunt MP, a number of cabinet ministers said they would resign from the cabinet if Johnson was appointed due to his stature on leaving Brexit.

One of those is David Gauke, MP for South West Hertfordshire, who said: “Assuming that he wins, if Boris’s position is that he is going to require every member of the cabinet to sign up to being prepared to leave without a deal on October 31, to be fair to him I can’t support that policy – so I would resign in advance.”

David Gauke, MP for South West Hertfordshire, tweeted: Congratulations Boris Johnson on being elected as Leader of Conservatives and PM at 10 Downing Street. An honour to serve in Cabinet @MoJGovUK, @DWP and @hmtreasury under @theresa_may. Looking forward to returning to backbenches tomorrow, serving people of South West Hertfordshire.

Richard Harrington, MP for Watford, has said to MyNews: “I wish Boris Johnson the very best of luck in leading the country.”

Nick Hurd MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner said Boris Johnson knows what to do.

He said: “I have supported Boris from the start of this process and am pleased to see him win. He knows what he needs to do. Deliver Brexit and then unite the country behind a positive vision for our future.”

Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East, including Stanmore, wants everyone to come together and “unite the nation”.

He said: “Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his resounding victory for the leadership of the Conservative and Unionist Party. The margin of victory securing more than 60 per cent of the Parliamentary Party and then 2/3rds of the party membership means that Boris Johnson has a clear mandate to construct his government. The contest was good natured, resoundingly positive and had an 84 per cent turnout. Now we must come together, unite the nation– and deliver.”

Anne Main, MP for St Albans congratulated Boris Johnson on becoming the next Prime Minister.

“I want to congratulate Boris Johnson on being elected as our next leader and Prime Minister. I believe that Boris has the vision, energy and experience to be an excellent leader for our party and our country. We must deliver on the referendum result to leave the EU and I believe Boris is the best person to deliver that.

“Once we are past Brexit, I hope that Boris will be able to reunite our country, boost our public services and help to create more wealth and opportunity for everyone in the United Kingdom.

“There is no doubt we are in testing times but with unity, optimism and leadership I strongly believe we have a very bright future ahead.”

MP for Hertsmere, Oliver Dowden said: “Congratulations to Boris Johnson on being clearly and decisively elected Leader of the Conservative Party.

“Well done also to Jeremy Hunt for the campaign he ran.”

Hemel Hempstead MP, Sir Mike Penning, congratulated Boris Johnson on becoming the new Leader of the Conservative Party ahead of becoming Prime Minister.

Sir Mike, who backed Boris from the start of the campaign, said: “I am delighted that Boris secured such a resounding victory in the leadership campaign. With the support of over half of Conservative MPs and 66 per cent of the membership, he is in a good position to deliver on his commitment to secure Brexit by 31 October.

“Leaving the EU by the end of October will help restore trust in the Conservatives and allow us to build on our already strong economy, record employment and record funding for the NHS and embark on a bold domestic agenda including tax reform and a focus on improving education.

“With an upbeat, optimistic leader who believes in Britain, we can reunite the country and create more wealth and opportunity for everyone in the United Kingdom.

“I strongly believe we have a bright future ahead.” 

MyNews has contacted local MPs for comment. More to follow. 

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