Tom Tugendhat is “more minded” towards Michael Gove becoming Prime Minister than Boris Johnson, he revealed on Wednesday evening. The Tory MP praised Mr Gove’s “intelligence and ingenuity”, adding he has demonstrated “huge capability”. Speaking on Channel 4 News, Mr Tugendhat declared: “Now is the time to start looking for a new leader who can invigorate these talks.” Presenter Cathy Newman asked: “Boris Johnson?”
Mr Tugendhat replied: “Well I’ve already said I’m minded to support somebody who has demonstrated huge capability in various departments.
“Who has demonstrated the intelligence and ingenuity to overcome many challenges.
“That’s why I’m more minded towards Michael Gove.
“But let’s see who starts this race, nobody has officially put their name in the ring yet.”
Now is the time to start looking for a new leader who can invigorate these talks
Rumours were swirling about Theresa May’s resignation, with some speculating the Prime Minister would step down on Wednesday evening.
However, Sir Graham Brady, Chairman of the Conservative 1922 Committee of backbench MPs, is now expected to meet Mrs May on Friday, according to reports.
The Conservative Party’s 1922 Committee consists of backbench MPs within the Tory Party. The Committee has an 18-member executive committee, and plays an important role in choosing the party leader.
Mrs Leadsom resigned from the Government in protest of Mrs May’s handling of Brexit, claiming the Prime Minister’s approach may not “deliver on the referendum result”.
Mrs Leadsom published her resignation letter on Twitter, where she said her decision to quit as Leader of the House comes with “great regret”.
Her letter said: “It is with great regret and a heavy heart that I have decided to resign from the Government.”
The Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire said she is “proud” of her work done in the past three years as a member of the Government.
But in her letter to the Prime Minister, the former Leader of the House set out in four points why she “no longer believes” in the Brexit strategy relentlessly being carried out by Mrs May.
Mrs Leadsom hit out at the “compromises” agreed upon by Mrs May during the Brexit talks with the European Union and, in the past few months, with Parliament, saying: “I stayed in Cabinet to shape and fight for Brexit.
“There have been some uncomfortable compromises along the way, but you have had my determined support and loyalty in your efforts to deliver Brexit as our shared goal.”
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