Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi backs Dominic Raab for Tory leadership

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Dominic Rabb, left, and Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratford-on-Avon

Stratford-on-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi is backing Dominic Raab to be the next leader of the Conservative Party following the resignation of Theresa May today.

Back in 2016 Mr Zahawi had backed Boris Johnson for the top job, before he pulled out of the leadership race, but has been a strong supporter of Theresa May since she took office, backing the Prime Minister’s unsuccessful efforts to get her Brexit deal passed by Parliament.

Speaking following Theresa May’s resignation today, Mr Zahawi said: “I want to pay tribute to the Prime Minister’s indomitable commitment to public service and her sense of duty to the country that guides her every decision.

“I thought her speech was incredibly dignified and gracious. I echo her words on what the next Prime Minister must achieve entirely. It must be someone who can build a new consensus in Parliament for a way forward on Brexit, and someone who can renew and reinvigorate the Government’s domestic agenda.”

Mrs May will step down as Conservative Party leader on 7th June with a leadership contest set to begin the following week on 10th June.

A number of candidates including Boris Johnson, Esther McVey and Jeremy Hunt have all announced their intention to run for the leadership.

  • imustbeoldiwearacap

    My first thought was “Anyone but Boris” but having had a closer look at the candidates – It’s a case of “Anyone but any of the above”. And I’m afraid it’s the kiss of death for poor Dominic!

  • wicked messenger

    well, last time out Mr Zahawi spoke up for Boris – and hours later Boris dropped out of the race. So I guess his endorsement is a fatal blow to Raab’s chances. Of course, in the end, Mr Zahawi will proclaim they will make an excellent prime minister and they have his full backing, whoever it might be.