WORCESTER’S MP Robin Walker has revealed he will back Home Secretary and neighbouring MP Sajid Javid as the new Conservative leader and Prime Minister.
The longest-serving Brexit minister ignored the claims of leading contender and his former boss Dominic Raab as well as favourite Boris Johnson to endorse Bromsgrove MP Mr Javid in the race to succeed Theresa May who stands down as Prime Minister on Friday (June 7).
As well as meeting with a number of potential candidates, Mr Walker said he’d asked constituents about what they want to see from the new Prime Minister who is set to be announced by the end of July.
Mr Walker said he believed the party’s next leader should keep the Conservatives on the middle ground of British politics, deliver for the whole United Kingdom and focus on the priorities of people living in places such as Worcester.
The city’s MP also repeated his calls for a ‘pragmatic Brexit’ with a good deal, something which will not be achieved by pressing for WTO or ‘no deal’ terms according to Mr Walker.
“We need a patriotic Prime Minister who can bring the country together and unite people to look to the future with confidence. We need someone who respects the result of both the 2014 referendum on the union and the 2016 referendum to leave the EU, but understands that for the UK to succeed it needs to be pragmatic, open, outward looking and confident in itself,” he said.
“We need someone tough and determined enough to secure a deal with the European Union who can say they have always put the needs of citizens first. Of all the candidates in a crowded field I believe the best placed on all these counts is Sajid Javid.”
In the last few days as Home Secretary he has announced plans to remove all charges from non-emergency calls to the police and championed the recruitment of 20,000 more police officers to step up the fight for law and order.
“He understands the need to govern for the whole country and look beyond the M25, the need to reward entrepreneurialism and encourage success but also the need to stand up for high quality public services,” said Mr Walker.
“As a successful Home Secretary Sajid, will be respected by counterparts in Europe and the wider world and be strongly placed to make the case for security on the international field even as he stands up for law and order at home,” he added.
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