WEST Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin has expressed her sadness following Theresa May’s announcement that she will be stepping down as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative party next month.
Harriett, who has voted for the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement on every time it was tabled in a Commons vote, added that ‘no one could have worked harder’ to deliver on the result of the referendum.
She added: “I am sad to see Theresa May stepping down as leader of the party. No one could have worked harder to deliver the result of the referendum and leave the European Union in a smooth and orderly way.
“It is a continued frustration that Parliament has not been able to come together to support the Withdrawal Agreement.
“As leaving without a deal is the default in legislation, a grumpy toddler with a blindfold on could achieve this outcome.
“To leave with a deal that secures the rights of British citizens in the EU, ensures Gibraltar and the Cyprus Sovereign base areas aren’t disrupted, delivers a frictionless Northern Irish border, secures the Union and means goods, foods and medicines can continue to trade freely will require a leader with consummate political skill. That is what I will be looking for in the leadership contest.”
Although not all candidates have been confirmed for the country’s top job, it has been reported there could be more than ten contenders.
According to the latest betting odds, Worcestershire’s Sajid Javid is currently the bookmakers’ seventh favourite behind Penny Mordaunt, Andrea Leadsom, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, David Lidington, Dominic Raab and favourite Boris Johnson.