'We've got to move forward', says Andrew Rosindell MP after Johnson's surprise leadership snub

'We've got to move forward now', says MP Andrew Rosindell after Boris Johnson announces he won't be run for Tory leadership

Johnson stunned political pundits and party members by withdrawing from the race

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Andrew Rosindell MP has said that the Conservative Party must "move forward" after Boris Johnson announced that he wouldn't run for the leadership.

"It was a complete surprise when it happened, and a lot of people were very disappointed, we went there to support Boris," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "I hope that whatever happens and whoever is our leader, Boris will be a pivotal person in a new Conservative government.

"We don't yet know the full story about what's been going on in the last 24, 36 hours, but clearly Boris has reflected and decided maybe it's too soon for him to become Prime Minister."

Andrea Leadsom, Theresa May, Liam Fox, Stephen Crabb and Michael Gove have all declared their intentions to run. The Conservative MP for Romford revealed who he would be supporting.

"For me the most important thing is that our new Prime Minister delivers very quickly on our departure form the European Union, and I think this is the debate that's probably going on behind the scenes. I will only be supporting someone who is committed to that.

"The only options I would consider would be Liam Fox, Andrea Leadsom and Michael Gove because all three of them are committed to leaving the EU, the other two, Stephen and Theresa whilst they are very good ministers, really they were on the wrong side of this argument."

"We've got to move forward now, maybe Theresa will be the next Prime Minister, I think she'd be an excellent Prime Minister actually.

"I'm sure she would deliver on the stated wish of the British people to leave the EU. It's a question of how we leave. So we go with the Article 50 or do we simple repeal the original European Communities Act.

"We need lots of new faces, we need lots of new ideas, and people who've get a bit more independent spirit, there's been a feeling in the party that you've got to go along with Dave and if you don't go along with Dave you don't feel included."