On Thursday the UK took part in European Parliamentary Elections.
We knew these would be difficult elections for the Conservatives – people want us to deliver Brexit as quickly as possible and it is very disappointing that some excellent MEPs lost their seats. For our area Dan Hannan MEP was returned for the Conservative Party. The new MEPs will be taking up their seats next month and there will be changes to the EU president of the Commission and other positions, and I will place an update on this website when more information becomes available.
We remain committed to honouring our manifesto commitment as well as that of the Labour party of leaving the EU.
In the UK, the Prime Minister has announced she will be standing down as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on 7 June and we will be holding a leadership election. I would like to put on record my thanks and admiration for the dedication she has shown in serving our country. She took on the role of Prime Minister at an unprecedentedly difficult period and has made every effort to find a resolution. It will now be up to a new Prime Minister to continue the work and lead the country.
The Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady MP, has recused himself from the process of electing a new leader whilst he considers his own future. Therefore , as the Vice Chair of the 1922, I have assumed the role of acting Co Chairman of the 1922 with my fellow Vice Chairman Charles Walker MP OBE. Ballots will be held starting in the week of 10 June amongst the Parliamentary party and a final selection of candidates will be submitted to the membership of the Conservative Party to cast their votes.
As a returning officer for the election I will be maintaining a neutral position and will neither comment on candidates nor discuss for whom I will be voting.