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Tory leadership: South Holland MP John Hayes to back Boris Johnson for Prime Minister?




MP Sir John Hayes looks set to back Boris Johnson for 10 Downing Street following Michael Gove's exit from the Tory leadership contest.

It's become a two horse race between Brexiteer Johnson and Environment Secretary Jeremy Hunt after Hunt came second in the fifth ballot for Tory MP's, beating Environment Secretary Gove by two votes on Thursday.

The South Holland and the Deepings MP, who backed Gove in the previous rounds, is moving towards Johnson because of his Brexiteer credentials.

MP Sir John Hayes is poised to vote for Boris Johnson.
MP Sir John Hayes is poised to vote for Boris Johnson.

Although Sir John is still "reflecting" on his final choice, he says: "I think you have got to have someone who is completely committed to delivering the will of the people - it's about Bexit credentials in a way."

Boris Johnson is the current favourite for Number 10.
Boris Johnson is the current favourite for Number 10.

At this stage Sir John says only that it's "likely" he will vote for Boris, explaining: "I am committed to Brexit and it's difficult to imagine not supporting a committed Brexiteer."

Jeremy Hunt was a Remainer in the 2016 Referendum.

Jeremy Hunt edged out Michael Gove by just two votes.
Jeremy Hunt edged out Michael Gove by just two votes.

Sir John said: "I think it's a difficult choice for us.

"Jeremy Hunt is a very good guy, there is no doubt about that, a very nice man and a very able man.

"I don't think I could support someone who hasn't been with Brexit from the start - we tried that with Theresa May."

Sir John was at the heart of the campaign bidding to have Brexiteer Michael Gove succeed in the parliamentary ballots.

Sir John said it was a very close race for second place, and he's very disappointed.

"I wanted to have two Brexiteers in the final," he said.

* The choice of who becomes Prime Minister now rests with the Tory Party membership.



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