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What do Grantham Conservatives think of their new leader Boris Johnson?

Grantham and Stamford Conservatives have welcomed the election of Boris Johnson as party leader.

But they admit he faces a difficult task ahead in trying to deliver Brexit.

Mr Johnson was elected by two thirds of almost 160,000 Conservative Party members who voted in the leadership election.

Boris Johnson with Adam Stokes at a recent Conservative dinner in Melton. (14174487)
Boris Johnson with Adam Stokes at a recent Conservative dinner in Melton. (14174487)

Councillor Adam Stokes, treasurer of the Grantham and Stamford Conservative Association and current Mayor of Grantham, said: “I’m delighted. It’s a good result. I look forward to how it gets us out of Brexit mire. Parliament is in a mess with it and we need to be out on October 31."

Coun Stokes (Con- Grantham Springfield) said he believes Mr Johnson will deliver Brexit, despite opposition from pro-Remain supporters in all the political parties.

He warned opponents within his own party, who may try and bring down the incoming Prime Minister over a possible ‘no deal’ Brexit, this could lead to a government led by Jeremy Corbyn or even Nigel Farage.

Coun Stokes added: “They have to be pragmatic and deliver the democratic vote.”

Coun Ray Wootten, chairman of Grantham East Conservatives, also welcomed the result.

“It was unanimous in our members view that Brexit has to be delivered and Boris is the right person to make that delivery.”

Coun Wootten (Con- Grantham St Wulfram’s) said he was sure Mr Johnson will deliver Brexit but he also looked forward to the 20,000 extra police officers and £1.1 billion extra into law and order that Mr Johnson promised during the leadership campaign.

Coun Stokes and Coun Wootten had earlier added their names to a list of more than 1,000 councillors nationally ‘Backing Boris’. Others from South Kesteven included Bob Adams, Jane Kingman, David Bellamy, Jill Thomas, Ian Stokes, and Linda Wootten. Lincolnshire County Councillors also included Martin Hill and Colin Davie.

SKDC council leader Matthew Lee also tweeted his support for Mr Johnson.

However, Philip Sagar, vice-president of Grantham and Stamford Conservatives, said he would have preferred Andrea Leadsom to lead the party.

He said: “Let’s give Boris the benefit of the doubt and get Brexit done with a deal and we can move forward. The important thing for me and my family is that the Conservatives get their act together and try and unite the party and the country. The biggest threat is Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. Brexit pales into insignificance.

“I think [Mr Johnson] will deliver some sort of Brexit but it won’t be easy.”

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