WEST WORCESTERSHIRE MP Harriett Baldwin has pledged her backing for Theresa May to become the new leader of the Conservative Party and the next Prime Minister.
Mrs Baldwin’s support for the Home Secretary comes after nominations from Conservative MPs were submitted from those who wished to take the hot-seat replacing David Cameron who announced he was stepping down last Friday.
Theresa May will campaign to be the next leader against other nominees including Michael Gove, Treasury minister Andrea Leadsom, Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb and ex-defence secretary Liam Fox. Boris Johnson, who was the bookies favourite to be the next Prime Minister, has ruled himself out of the race.
The winner is expected to be announced in September.
Should Mrs May be elected the new leader she will become the country’s second ever female Prime Minister, following in the footsteps of former Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher who led the country between 1979 and 1990.
In offering her backing to the Home Secretary, Mrs Baldwin praised her record both as a successful Minister and leader.
She said: “The time for arguments about Remain and Leave is over. It’s time to unite, deliver the Conservative manifesto and implement the negotiations to leave the EU.
“Theresa May is the right person to go toe-to-toe with Angela Merkel and other EU leaders in this important negotiation, because she’s got a strong track record of negotiating and implementing.
“Being Home Secretary is one of the toughest jobs in Government. She’s done it for longer than anyone. She’s carefully supervised our security services and changed rules that have kept us safe at home.
“She’s brought in reforms to immigration from outside the EU, she’s reformed the Police and delivered more accountability to local people. Crime has fallen and she’s succeeded in some tough international negotiations, like sending Abu Qatada back to Jordan.”
It is not yet known who Ledbury MP Bill Wiggin is supporting.