Polegate MP Maria Caulfield, has endorsed Stephen Crabb to take over as Conservative leader and Prime Minister, following David Cameron’s announcement last week that he will step down before October.
Stephen Crabb, the current Work & Pensions Secretary is expected to go up against other big hitters within the Party, including Boris Johnson and Theresa May, in an effort to secure the leadership of the Conservative Party, and as a result, become Britain’s next Prime Minister.
Giving her reasons for supporting the Welsh MP in his efforts, the Lewes MP said: “Following last week’s referendum, many expected that I would give my backing for the Party leadership to a Leave campaigner, and although it is important to me that whoever becomes our next leader is committed to delivering the result of the referendum, there are many other qualities that I look for in the next leader of our party, and ultimately, our country.”
“Under David Cameron’s leadership, the Conservative Party made an unprecedented effort to become the inclusive Party that we see today. This in turn saw a wave of reforms being taken through Parliament and becoming law, many of which would not naturally be associated with a Conservative Government, and in-turn giving testament to the path of reform that the party has taken. This requirement for change, and an ability to look towards our future remains vital to me, as does the desire that any future leader should carry on this vital work.”
“Like myself, Stephen Crabb grew up on a council estate, and has had to work hard to get to the position in which he now finds himself. When you listen to him he talks about his vision for our country, a vison which sees hope and a way forward for those who feel left behind by the state, those who feel the economic recovery of this country has passed them by and those who, last week, voted to leave the EU because they have not felt the benefits of being in the European Union. He has heard the messages of those who feel ignored and let down by politicians and not only does he understand these issues but he has answers to their problems. This is a man who wants to do something and not just be someone.”
“It is difficult choosing from many great candidates, in our party, to be our next Prime Minister. Some MPs and members will make their decision based on the recent referendum. Some MPs and members will want a safe pair of hands to steer us through these rocky times. I want someone who will do more than this. Someone who has a long term vison for our country and its’ people, a vision that says we will reach out and help those left behind and return to being a country where it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. For me Stephen Crabb has that vision.”