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Harrogate MP backs candidate for next Prime Minister

Harrogate MP backs candidate for next Prime Minister

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 4:03pm 6th June 2019. (Updated at 4:14pm 6th June 2019)

Andrew Jones MP has given his backing to the current Foreign Secretary in the race to be the new Conservative Party leader

  • Harrogate MP backs Jeremy Hunt
  • Mr Jones thanks Theresa May for her leadership
  • As a former Parlimentary Private Secretary to Mr Hunt, Jones believes he is best placed to lead the county

Harrogate MP, Andrew Jones, has given his backing to the current Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to be the new leader of the Conservative Party, and therefore the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Mr Hunt is one of eleven candidates in the running for the country's top office, although nominations don't close until the end of the week.

Jones announced on his website:

I am backing Jeremy Hunt in the Conservative Party leadership contest.

I am grateful to Theresa May for her service to the country as Prime Minister.  She proved to have great tenacity with a powerful sense of public duty and, as we move on to a new chapter, we need to consider the values and skills our new Prime Minister will need.

I was fortunate to work with Jeremy as his Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Department of Health.  I have seen at close quarters the compassion, dedication and professionalism he brought to the management of our health service.  He won additional funding for the NHS way in excess of what people expected he could achieve and even in excess of what the opposition demanded.

As Foreign Secretary Jeremy’s work ethic and negotiating skills have won international respect. He has used deal-making skills to help maintain and improve our international relationships.  As we prepare to leave the European Union we need leadership from someone who has the proven ability to negotiate successfully. Jeremy wants to leave the EU with a deal and recognises the need to deliver Brexit.

Jeremy and I share many common views across government, from the need for low taxes for working families and turbo charging our economy to wanting our schools to be the very best and protecting our environment. One shared goal is to see greater investment in our transport infrastructure and I know Jeremy believes that the north is a key area for such investment. As a Transport Minister from a Yorkshire constituency I welcome that position.

So, for his vision, track record and the skills our country needs, I am backing Jeremy Hunt to become Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister.”

The first vote, which allows Conservative MPs to begin to whittle down the candidates ahead of the final two going to a vote of all Conservative party members, takes place on Thursday 13th June.