MID WORCESTERSHIRE MP Nigel Huddleston has paid tribute to Theresa May following her announcement she will be leaving her role as Prime Minister on June 7.
Mr Huddleston said: ““I am saddened by her decision but I do understand it.
“The Prime Minister is a dedicated public servant and I wish to thank her for her years of service to my Party and the nation.
“She has served with dignity and honour from her time as a councillor through to being the first female Party Chairman, and as Home Secretary and eventually Prime Minister.
“Theresa May became Prime Minister in challenging circumstances that would severely test anyone.
“People may disagree with her and the decisions she has made, but no-one can question her sense of duty or her resilience.
“I also owe a personal debt of gratitude to Theresa May as she came to support me as a candidate before I was even elected as an MP, and she showed her trust in me when she appointed me as a Parliamentary Private Secretary and more recently as Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party.
“I am grateful for the opportunities she has given me.”
He added he was confident her devotion to this country would not be over when she stepped down, adding he was sure she would continue to serve the country in some capacity and participate in public life for many, many years to come.
In her speech Mrs May said she had been proud to serve her country in a role she had wanted her whole life.
She added, despite her best efforts, she regretted she could not get her EU deal through Parliament.
Although not all candidates have been confirmed for the country’s top job, it has been reported there could be more than ten contenders.
According to the latest betting odds Bromsgrove’s Sajid Javid is currently the bookmakers’ seventh favourite behind Penny Mordaunt, Andrea Leadsom, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, David Lidington, Dominic Raab and favourite Boris Johnson.