1. Philip Hornby

Theresa May for PM - backbencher's view

The south east's longest-serving MP has given his enthusiastic backing for Theresa May to become Tory Party leader. Sir Roger Gale, the Thanet MP, said her candidacy was the best news he had heard all week.

I have just returned from the launch of Theresa May's bid to become the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and for the first time in what has been a bad week I feel a real sense of hope where before there was despair. I have been involved in politics for more than 50 years and Mrs. May`s speech was one of the most powerful, and impressive for its quiet dignity that I have ever heard.

– Sir Roger Gale MP