‘Sajid Javid could be the best Tory leader as far as the West Midlands is concerned’

The former Trade minister and CBI boss Lord Digby Jones has never belonged to a political party, but he says it is vital for the nation's economy that the Conservatives pick a leader capable of defeating Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Speaking at a business event hosted by the Richardsons, he told the E&S: "I'm a Sajid Javid fan. For me he represents the 21st century and I think he would really connect with the West Midlands and its communities.