Our MPs react to Theresa May’s appointment as Prime Minister

Sir Oliver Heald

Sir Oliver Heald - Credit: Archant

North Herts MPs have reacted to the appointment of Theresa May as Prime Minister yesterday.

North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald backed Mrs May throughout the leadership contest, which originally included five candidates.

Mr Heald told the Comet: “I am pleased that Theresa May has become Conservative leader. She is tough, shrewd, experienced and has a vision of a Britain which delivers for everyone. She accepts the outcome of the referendum and will negotiate the best terms possible with the EU.

“I look forward to supporting Theresa May as Prime Minister.”

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland had backed Andrea Leadsom in the race, but has responded to Mrs May’s appointment favourably.

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He said: “I am delighted we will have a new Prime Minister and Theresa May certainly has the experience to be an excellent choice.

“The decision by Andrea Leadsom to put the economic stability of the country first and withdraw from the race is testament to the unity of the Conservative Party and our desire to focus on rebuilding the economy.

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“I chatted with Theresa last week and outlined the areas I felt we needed to do better and she took those points on board.

“I look forward to seeing how this materialises into concrete action and will continue to stand up and fight for everyone in Stevenage.”

Hitchin and Harpenden MP Peter Lilley had also backed Andrea Leadsom in the contest but told the Comet:

“I am pleased we have a clear result, which means that the new Prime Minister can take decisive action to push through the process of leaving the EU as quickly as possible and minimise uncertainty, which is the principal economic problem we face.

“Theresa May is a strong and experienced politician, who is clearly well-placed to unify party and country.”

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