Leadership Statement

After a busy week travelling to Israel and Turkey with my Home Office responsibilities, I’ve now come back home to my own ballot paper. I will be voting for Boris.

I’m proud of the positive, straight campaign I ran. I’ve had a few weeks to reflect on what our country needs now and who can best achieve it. And after a busy week travelling to Israel and Turkey with my Home Office responsibilities, I’ve now come back home to my own ballot paper. I will be voting for Boris.

I made the case for being a party that unites our country, protects our precious Union, embraces modern Britain, and brings Conservative values to new audiences. I’ve spoken to Boris and believe he shares this vision wholeheartedly. I have huge respect for Jeremy and the campaign he is running, but I believe Boris is better placed to deliver what we need to do at this critical time.

The first and foremost challenge is of course delivering Brexit. Trust in our democracy will be at stake if we don’t make October 31st a ‘deal or no deal’ deadline. And to prepare that we are agreed on the need for ramped up No Deal preparations including a Budget.

Over recent weeks I’ve been particularly encouraged by Boris’ endorsements for a major boost for infrastructure, and showing love for our public services – especially education, to give the next generation more opportunities than I had.

As Home Secretary I am of course delighted that he will make tackling crime a top priority including through the recruitment of 20,000 more police officers. And I very much welcome his commitment to an open, welcoming, skills-based immigration system.

If we can deliver these priorities as well as Brexit we will have a lot to be proud of. The other thing I share with Boris is my optimism about our future. Britain’s fundamental social and economic strengths have not changed. We really can and will make a success of the coming years.