Conservative chairman Brandon Lewis has said he will be “very sorry” to see Theresa May resign as party leader.
The Prime Minister has stepped down today, following an emotional speech two weeks ago, in which she said it was in the "best interests of the country" to do so.
Mr Lewis, who is also the MP for Great Yarmouth, told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I have worked with Theresa May and I think her dedication to public, to the union of the United Kingdom, and to making sure people have opportunities - I have been very proud to work with her and I think she has been a superb Prime Minister. I will be very sorry to see her go.
“But we are very blessed in our party to have a whole range of great talent and one of those will be a fantastic leader for us when we get to the final contest.”
The formal nominations for those wishing to be the next party leader open on Monday, with the contenders then facing a series of ballots.
The first ballot will take place on June 13, with any candidates receiving 16 votes or fewer being eliminated.
The new leader will then be chosen from the final two candidates by the party’s 160,000 membership.
So far 11 MPs have put themselves forward to run in the leadership race, including Boris Johnson, foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt and international development secretary Rory Stewart.
Mr Johnson is currently the bookies' favourite, with over 30 MPs supporting the former foreign secretary.