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Johnson backs Andrea Leadsom for Tory leader

Boris Johnson pictured with Andrea Leadsom during the Vote Leave referendum campaign. Credit: PA

Boris Johnson has given his backing to Andrea Leadsom in the Conservative Party leadership race.

Mr Johnson, had been a favourite to replace David Cameron, until he announced his surprise decision not to take part in the contest, last Thursday.

The former mayor of London said Leadsom offers "the zap, the drive, and the determination essential for the next leader of this country".

She has long championed the needs of the most vulnerable in our society. She has a better understanding of finance than almost anyone else in Parliament. She has considerable experience of government. She is level headed, kind, trustworthy approachable and the possessor of a good sense of humour.

She has specialised in the EU question and successfully campaigned for leave and will be therefore well placed to help forge a great post Brexit future for Britain and Europe.

Above all she possesses the qualities needed to bring together leavers and remainers in the weeks and months ahead. I will be voting for Andrea Leadsom tomorrow.

– Boris Johnson

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Northants MP Andrea Leadsom's bid to become PM

The South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has launched her bid to leader the Conservative party. Credit: ITV News

The South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has launched her bid to leader the Conservative party and become the next Prime Minister.

Mrs Leadsom, was elected an MP only six years ago. She currently serves as Energy Minister but is not in the Cabinet. She was a Treasury minister under George Osborne.

Andrea Leadsom was the leading member of the Leave campaign during the EU referendum appearing on television debates alongside Boris Johnson.

Mrs Leadsom ruled out calling an early General Election should she become Prime Minister despite her opposition to the HS2 rail project which will run close to her constituency.

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