Conservative MP Ed Vaizey has said that he will not “take part in this hypocrisy fest” around Theresa May’s resignation.
The MP for Wantage criticised fellow Conservatives who had praised the Prime Minister for her resignation speech when they had previously voted against her Brexit deal.
Mr Vaizey told talkRADIO’s Matthew Wright that he was “moved” by Mrs May’s emotional speech.
“I don’t think that I will take part in this hypocrisy fest that is going on at the moment,” he said.
“I was a loyal backbencher to Theresa May - I voted for her Withdrawal Agreement three times - and it is pretty revolting to see all these people who opposed her Withdrawal Agreement now doing the usual mantra of ‘she was great to serve the country’.”
However, the Conservative MP added that he did not think “that she was a great Prime Minister”.
“I think she took a very difficult situation - Brexit - and made it worse,” he said.
“I think she helped divide the country with her hardline Brexit stance. She lost an election which created a hung parliament, which would have made it impossible for anyone to get a deal through.
“She took what was actually a very good deal and managed to make it stunningly unpopular.”
The Prime Minister announced on Friday that she will step down from the position on June 7.
Mr Vaizey suggested that environment secretary Michael Gove would make a good Conservative leader because “he gets things done”.
"When he does [run for leadership], I think you will be impressed,” the MP added. “He has got a very good track record of being radical but also consensual in government.”
Mr Gove is yet to confirm whether he will run to be Conservative leader.
So far the confirmed candidates are Boris Johnson, former work and pensions secretary Esther McVey, international development secretary Rory Stewart, Jeremy Hunt and 1922 committee chairman Graham Brady.