Burnley MP Antony Higginbotham says he backs Boris Johnson to become next Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister

The MP for Burnley has just announced he will vote for former leader and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, despite being forced to step down from his post on September 5.

His replacement Liz Truss also stepped down this week after just 45 days in office.

Mr Higginbotham said: “Given the news, the last 24 hours have seen my inbox flooded with messages about who should be Prime Minister and questions asking who I will support. My view, and that of the majority, is clear.

Burnley MP Antony Higginbotham has revealed he backs former leader Boris Johnson to become the next Prime Minister

“To turn Burnley and conservative Padiham into 2019 was huge. We had been left behind for years, ignored on Brexit and seen as a safe Labor seat where nothing could change. But three years ago, we proved the doubters wrong. And we won a decisive victory

“Faced with the situation as it is, there is only one person with the mandate to run this country – the person who delivered Brexit for us, stood up to those who would have us locked down indefinitely and opposed an aggressive Russian state intent on invading Ukraine.

“We all know who that person is – and that’s why in this leadership election I’m supporting the person who can really deliver for people. I support Boris!

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