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Boris Johnson has Dover MP Charlie Elphicke's backing for Prime Minister

MP Charlie Elphicke says he wants Boris Johnson to be the next Prime Minister.

The Dover and Deal MP says the former Foreign Secretary is "the person to unite the country and deliver a bright future."

Ten candidates remain in the race to become leader of the Conservative Party – and therefore Prime Minister – after Theresa May confirmed her resignation last month.

Boris Johnson. Dove'rs MP wants him as Prime Minister, Picture: Gary Browne
Boris Johnson. Dove'rs MP wants him as Prime Minister, Picture: Gary Browne

Mr Elphicke said: "Brexit will only be a success if it is seen as an opportunity to be grasped, not a crisis to be managed.

“I have thought about it long and hard. For me Boris is the right person to deliver Brexit, seize the opportunities and take us forward to build a truly global Britain

“He has the strength to make sure we leave the EU. He is the person unite our country and move Britain to the bright future that lies ahead."

Conservative MPs will vote in ballots on Thursday, and next week, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Party members will chose between the two remaining candidates in July.

Mrs May left as leader of the Conservative Party last Friday but continues as Prime Minister until her successor is announced.

Mr Johnson, who isa prominent Leave campaigner, has committed to leaving the EU on October 31 with or without a deal.

Charlie Elphicke: "Boris can unite the country." Picture: The office of Charlie Elphicke MP
Charlie Elphicke: "Boris can unite the country." Picture: The office of Charlie Elphicke MP

Mr Elphicke added: “It is vital that we leave the EU as soon as possible and move on. For too long we’ve had uncertainty. That must now end.

“We need to get on with discussing the other important issues like stronger borders, healthcare, law and order, and how we can turbocharge the economy.

“Boris getting us out of the EU will enable to us to focus on these crucial matters.”

Mr Johnson, a colourful character in British politics, is also a former London mayor.

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