ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER TO STAND DOWN

David Cameron has announced that he will stand down as Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister before the Conservative Party Conference in October*.

 

Nigel Huddleston said:

 

“The Prime Minister reacted to the referendum result in his usual honest, calm and dignified manner.  In his speech he made it clear that he respected and accepted the decision of the British people and went on to reassure British people living abroad and EU residents living here that nothing changes in the short term with regard to their rights to residence.  The Prime Minister also tried to reassure the markets by making it clear that until the new relationship with Europe is agreed, nothing changes in terms of UK businesses being able to access and trade within the European single market.

 

The Prime Minister has announced that he wishes a new leader of the Conservative party, and therefore new Prime Minister, to be elected within a few months. 

 

The dignified manner in which the Prime Minister announced his intention to stand down showed him to be a true statesman.  While there are many talented and experienced people in the Conservative party, the Prime Minister’s dignified behaviour this morning showed that he will be difficult to replace.  

 

I have known David Cameron since I first became a parliamentary candidate in 2007.  He has shown me nothing but kindness and when I lost my first parliamentary election in 2010 he played a key role in encouraging me to stand again.  He warmly welcomed me onto the green benches when I became the MP for Mid Worcestershire in 2015 and I will never forget how he called me his ‘new best friend’ in my very first Prime Minister’s Questions.

 

In a rare display of emotion, David Cameron showed that this decision to stand down as Prime Minister was a very difficult decision for him to make. David Cameron has transformed my party, the Conservative party, for the better.  He is a hard act to follow and I and the Conservative party have a lot to thank him for.”

 

*A leadership election with the Conservative party will begin shortly.  Two leadership candidates will be chosen by Conservative MPs (after a series of elections, depending on the number of candidates) and those two candidates will then go to a ballot of all Conservative Party members.”

 

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For more information contact Nigel on 07789 983719

 

 

Nigel Huddleston MP

Member of Parliament for Mid Worcestershire

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

020 7219 0171

 

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