Boris Johnson releases his latest video, which you can watch here!

MPs from across the party have today come together to back Boris Johnson as the man to unite the country.

Damian Green has endorsed Boris as the man to ‘maintain values of moderate Conservatism’, with Andrea Leadsom endorsing Boris as the only candidate who can successfully get us out of the EU by the end of October.

Others who have backed Boris today include Tracey Crouch and Mark Lancaster as the latest polling shows Boris to be 40% ahead of his nearest challenger amongst the members.

Boris Johnson released his latest video this morning, which you can watch here.

MPs from across the party have today come together to back Boris Johnson as the man to unite the country.

Damian Green has endorsed Boris as the man to ‘maintain values of moderate Conservatism’, with Andrea Leadsom endorsing Boris as the only candidate who can successfully get us out of the EU by the end of October.

Others who have backed Boris today include Tracey Crouch and Mark Lancaster as the latest polling shows Boris to be 40% ahead of his nearest challenger amongst the members.

 

NEW ENDORSEMENTS

Damian Green and Tracey Crouch endorse Boris as the only candidate who can unite the country.

 

Damian Green told The Evening Standard:

“After helping to run Matt Hancock’s One Nation campaign I am delighted to announce support for Boris Johnson.

“He will achieve a successful Brexit, and maintain the values of moderate Conservatism that are the best for the Party and the country.

“This country needs unifying and healing, and the Conservative Party needs to show how it is comfortable with modern Britain. With his record as Mayor of London, Boris has shown the way to do this.”

 

Tracey Crouch also told The Evening Standard:

“I listened carefully in the hustings yesterday and along with his strong plan for delivering Brexit by 31st October, I believe Boris is the candidate most able to take on Jeremy Corbyn and Nigel Farage.

“From a domestic perspective I have been impressed with his interest in social justice and environmental issues and delighted that he has dropped his idea to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary, a policy I was vehemently opposed to given its impact on my constituency.”

This morning, former leadership contender Andrea Leadsom backed Boris to get Brexit done and beat Corbyn, saying:

“I’m going to be backing Boris Johnson for the next Prime Minister. Essentially there are two key reasons.

“One is I think he is the best placed to get us out of the EU at the end of October, so his view and mine is very closely aligned there and secondly I do believe he is an election winner.

“I think he is someone who can bring the country and party back together and take us forward in a positive way.”

 

Mark Lancaster has backed Boris as the best candidate to keep the UK secure and protect our standing in the world, saying:

“NATO is the cornerstone of Britain’s defence and our battlegroups currently deployed in Poland and Estonia are a testament to our commitment of mutual support against aggressive foreign powers. As Foreign Secretary, no-one knew this more keenly or felt it more deeply than Boris. It was he who led the response and won support from our allies, in NATO and beyond, following the Skripal poisoning on British soil. Britain’s defence procurement is also overwhelming with UK or NATO partners, as are Britain’s 35 on-going deployments of 11,000 troops in 30 countries around the world.

“Most people don’t know but the Foreign Secretary also oversees the Secret Intelligence Service (commonly known as MI6) - so Boris has already been at the sharp end of the highest level of decision making in defence of Britain. The “5 Is” network of intelligence sharing with the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia is our leading link through in this field and Boris knows and has sound relationships with these key allies. While the EU remains a partner on defence and security matters – it is NATO that keeps us safe. NATO ensured the demise of the Soviet Union and, after we leave the EU on the 31st October, we will still be a fully-fledged NATO member with a defence budget in the alliance second only to that of the United States.

“Boris has sat at the top table and understands how crucial our international relationships are to our place in the world and is 100% committed to NATO as our main international ally. He has the determination to deliver Brexit and a vision for Britain’s future once we leave. I am proud to say that he will have my support to be the next Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister.”

 

Paul Maynard MP also announced his support for Boris, saying:

"I firmly believe that now is the time for strong leadership, and that it is imperative that we elect a new Conservative leader who will deliver Brexit on time so that we can unite the country again and restore faith in the power of politics to change people’s lives for the better. And we need to deliver a progressive agenda so that people in constituencies like mine reap the rewards of their hard work and have world-class public services. It is clear to me that the only candidate who can do this is Boris Johnson.

"Boris has a strong record in uniting people and delivering on his promises, both as London Mayor and as Foreign Secretary, and I know he is the best candidate to deliver for the whole country as our new party leader and Prime Minister."


NEW POLLING

The latest ConHome members survey reports that Boris’ ratings have increased, with more than 55% of members responding that he should be the next Prime Minister. This means he is 40% ahead of his closest rival. The full polling can be found here.