Lichfield’s MP has backed Michael Gove to be the next leader of the Conservatives.
The battle to succeed David Cameron at Number 10 has seen a number of MPs throw their hats into the ring – although Boris Johnson will not be one of them.
But following the announcement that the Mr Gove would be taking part in the leadership election, Michael Fabricant gave his backing to the former Education Secretary.
“Michael Gove demonstrated a clear level-headedness during the EU referendum and was the intellectual bedrock for the campaign which was so successful,” the Lichfield MP said.
“Although I admire Boris hugely, Michael offers clarity and logic in thought and a socially liberal outlook which will be so needed by our nation’s Prime Minister.
“And in the months to come it will be those qualities, combined with a steeliness of purpose which he has admirably demonstrated in the past, that will be required to negotiate our Brexit once Article 50 is triggered and result in a successful outcome for the United Kingdom and our friends in Europe.”
Bookmakers currently have Theresa May as favourite, with Mr Gove second favourite to win the leadership battle.