MP Sir Alan calls for unity following election of Boris Johnson as Tory leader
Sir Alan Duncan has called for party unity despite resigning as a minister just prior to the election of Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader.
The MP - whose constituency includes the Vale of Belvoir - backed Jeremy Hunt in the leadership campaign and has often criticised Mr Johnson.
Sir Alan quit as foreign minister on Monday aiming to prompt an emergency debate on whether the new Prime Minister would have the support of most MPs. His motion was rejected by the speaker and seen by some commentators as aiming to destroy the new leadership.
The MP told the Journal: “I moved the motion to test whether the new prime minister can command a parliamentary majority – in order to avoid constitutional havoc later on.”
In his resignation letter to former Prime Minister Theresa May, Sir Alan outlined his achievements in the foreign office and, paying tribute to Mrs May, added: “You deserved better.”
The MP further told the Journal: “I have concluded my ministerial life and look forward to being a backbencher and a straight forward constituency MP.”
And following the election of Mr Johnson on Tuesday, added: “Now we have had the result, we should all rally round the new Prime Minister and make a success of the new government”.
Grantham MP Nick Boles, who quit the Tories to become an independent, tweeted when the result was announced: "Congratulations to Boris Johnson. If he is able to deliver a Brexit deal which protects jobs and preserves the union, I will be the first to praise him. If he tries to take us out of the EU with no deal, I will oppose him at every turn."
Meanwhile, Sleaford and North Hykeham MP Caroline Johnson - whose constituency includes the area north of Grantham - said: "“I have supported Boris throughout the leadership election, and I am delighted that he has been elected by such a large majority as leader of our party. He is the right person to unite the country, deliver Brexit, and lead the UK into a bright future.
“I have already spoken at length with him about the issues that affect us in Lincolnshire, including rural broadband access, policing, the future of the Red Arrows, and funding for the North Hykeham Relief Road. I am glad that Boris has been so positive about his vision for our country, and I am proud to support him.”