Tory leadership race: boost for Boris Johnson as leading backbencher gives him vote

Boris Johnson was at this time backed to be Prime Minister by a senior Tory MP who mentioned he would “restore trust and excitement in our politics again”.

Damian Collins, who chairs the cross-party tradition choose committee, advised the Normal: “My conversations with him have made it clear that the Boris who, as Mayor of London, invested in infrastructure, policing and communities can deliver the sort of one-nation conservatism that this country needs now.”

The centrist MP’s assist is a coup for Mr Johnson, notably forward of at this time’s Peterborough by-election, which may affect the leadership contest. 

A senior Tory advised the Normal: “I think we could come fourth — behind the Brexit Party, Labour and the Lib Dems.”

As MP for Folkestone, Mr Collins could be on the entrance line of the Tory battle in opposition to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Celebration if it wins the by-election and makes use of it as a springboard for a normal election bid.

Mr Collins mentioned: “The failure to ship Brexit is undermining confidence in our political system and damaging the economic system, permitting excessive teams to take benefit. 

“We want a transparent plan to ship Brexit, and a primary minister with a plan to unfold wealth and alternative throughout the nation. Boris is greatest positioned to try this. 

“He understands how native and regional authorities generally is a catalyst for financial growth. He is aware of infrastructure funding and decrease taxes for companies create jobs. 

“We have to speed up funding in components of our nation which have felt left behind. Boris has additionally highlighted the necessity to construct extra reasonably priced properties to stimulate residence possession.”

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