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Julian Smith MP backs Rishi Sunak to be next PM

Skipton MP Julian Smith is supporting fellow North Yorkshire MP and former Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the Conservative Party leadership contest.

Mr Smith hadn't previously revealed which candidate he was backing, but tweeted last night (Thursday): "V pleased that ⁦Rishi Sunak⁩ has come through parliament stage with highest support among colleagues. I’m backing him as best-placed to unite & lead our country in challenging times. I'm also backing him because I believe he can help restore trust."

Keighley and Ilkley MP Robbie Moore had publicly supported trade minister Penny Mourdant and was part of her campaign team - but after she was knocked out of the process yesterday, Mr Moore said he would "give it some thought" as to whether he would now support Rishi Sunak or the Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

He added: "It has been a huge privilege being part of Penny Mordaunt’s team during the ongoing leadership elections - deciding who will be our next Prime Minister. I genuinely believed Penny would have been a brilliant person to take our great nation forward. In politics, you either get involved or sit tight. And I like to get involved, hence helping Penny out with her campaign.

"I will give it some thought as to who I support next and I look forward to speaking with both remaining candidates; Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss on their policies for boosting growth and driving forward our projects that matter to us across our area."

Conservative party members across the UK will receive ballot papers early next month and will have four weeks to return them. The new leader is due to be announced at 12.30pm on Monday 5th September and will take office as Prime Minister the following day.

 

 

It has been a huge privilege being part of Penny Mordaunt’s team during the ongoing leadership elections - deciding who...

Posted by Robbie Moore MP on Wednesday, July 20, 2022

 

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