Published — 16 July, 2019

Local MP congratulates Boris Johnson on leadership victory

Commenting on the election of Boris Johnson as Leader of the Conservative Party, Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones said: “It’s been a long and very vigorous campaign.  I’m glad this process has been brought to a conclusion, congratulations to him and good luck for the future.”

“We need to get Brexit done so we can move on and deliver a positive domestic agenda.  It’s not going to be easy though because the Parliamentary arithmetic hasn’t changed.  Brexit has divided our nation, it’s divided Parliamentary parties and families.  Getting it done in a timely, smooth way is the best way to bring people back together again.”

Mr Jones supported Jeremy Hunt in the contest.  He continued: “I think both of the contenders emerged with their reputations enhanced.  They have shown they have got ideas and energy and are optimistic for the future of our country. Boris got a very strong mandate.  He won the support of over half the Parliamentary party and two thirds of the membership.  He’s got a strong mandate to take his agenda forward.  He wants to get Brexit done, but then have a huge focus on things like education, schools funding and law and order – the  key domestic issues we’ve not been able to get at  because Parliament has been so overwhelmed by this Brexit impasse.  Boris is a proven campaigner.  He projects a sense of optimism, and I think that will be a marked contrast to the Labour Party.”

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