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Jacob Rees-Mogg backs Boris for Prime Minister

Jacob Rees-Mogg has backed Boris Johnson Credit: ITV West Country

MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has backed Boris Johnson to be the next Conservative Party Leader.

In a statement the North East Somerset MP said he believed Johnson was best placed to carry out renegotiations with the EU for the UK's departure.

His calm response in the face of hostile verbal attack in the referendum debates showed his statesman like qualities and mastery of the detail.

In addition he has the verve and energy to be a great Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party. He has the sense to be a unifier and the charisma to be an effective representative of the nation on the world stage.

– Jacob Rees-Mogg
Boris Johnson is one of the front runners for the party leadership Credit: Mary Turner/PA

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Conservatives select their candidate for Bristol mayor

Clifton Councillor Charles Lucas will stand as the Conservative mayoral candidate Credit: Charles Lucas

Charles Lucas has become the third person of the main political parties to put his name into the hat to run for Bristol Mayor.

The Clifton councillor was selected by the Conservatives in an open primary election, beating GP surgery manager Steve Smith.

Members of the public, of any political affiliation, were invited to register for the event and cast their vote, while the shortlist was decided by the local Bristol and South Gloucester Conservative party.

He now joins Marvin Rees, selected by Labour, and Kay Barnard, for the Liberal Democrats, and two other independents - John Langley and Laurence Duncan - who will run against George Ferguson when Bristolians go to the polls in May 2016.

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