A Tory MP has come out and said that Boris Johnson “cannot be the force for stability” that the country needs.
Tory MP George Freeman, who is backing Penny Mordaunt in the leadership race, has said that she would “play a key role” in putting in place a “top team” who can come together and deliver for the country.
Speaking to Sky News, Freeman said, “In the summer I helped to run Penny Mordaunt’s campaign and then when she dropped out I supported Rishi Sunak.
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“We’re in a very different situation from the summer and even from three years ago when Boris Johnson was elected.
“We now face a very serious economic and international crisis and I think the truth is that we’re looking for a unity cabinet.
“We need a Prime Minister, Chancellor, Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary top team who can come together and agree on a platform that the vast majority of the Conservative Party can get behind.”
Freeman said Mordaunt would play a “key role” in putting that top team together.
He added, “She has a very strong compassionate Conservative background.
“A child that had a tough road to the top and has a background in the military and can reach out and bring people together and I think that she’s a very strong candidate
“Many colleagues today I think are coming under pressure from their associations to support Boris Johnson but I think that many of them know that his day has been and gone and he cannot be the force for stability that we need.”