'It's essential that at least one of the final two candidates is a committed Brexiteer', says MP Tim Loughton on Conservative leadership

'It's essential that at least one of the final two candidates is a committed Brexiteer', says MP Tim Loughton on Conservative leadership

MP Andrea Leadsom has declared that she will contend the Tory Party leadership

Thursday, June 30, 2016

As Conservatives prepare their bids to becomes the new Tory leader, MP Tim Loughton is backing Andrea Leadsom.

Leadsom, Michael Gove and Theresa May have already declared, with Boris Johnson surprisingly ruling himself out of the race. 

Loughton, the Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, believes Leadsom is in touch with the public.

"I'm really please she's put her name in the ring because I think she's got what it takes," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"She's authentic, she's a real deal, she's a mum. She does human really well, she is a fresh start, I think she'll bring a new attitude to politics and she's really competent.

"She was on the right side of the Leave campaign, we need a competent person who knows what they're talking about dealing with the negotiation.

"She wants to be absolutely positive, she's doing this not because she believes in Andrea Leadsom, she's doing this because she believes Brexit is the most important thing facing this country.

"She passionately put her heart and soul into that campaign and she'll want to make sure we deliver for Britain on Brexit."

"We had a very competent Prime Minister but at too many times there was a felling of because he went to a certain school, is he in touch? 

"With Andrea you've got a woman who went to a state school, is a mum with great experience, and had a distinguished career through difficult times in the city as well. She knows how to negotiate."

The former Children's Minister also revealed his opinions on Theresa May and Michael Gove.

"Theresa is a class act, she has been a outstanding Home Secretary. She's been the longest-serving Home Secretary, and she's been a really safe pair of hands. If Andrea wasn't standing, I could see myself supporting her.

"I was surprised when Michael threw his hat in the ring this morning, because he's always made it very clear that he doesn't think he's the right person to be Prime Minister. He has a very important role to continue to play in the government.

"I think it's absolutely essential that at least one of the final two candidates who then go to the membership is a committed Brexiteer, I think the party membership will feel cheated if we didn't have that."