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Boris Johnson elected: Matt Hancock and Jo Churchill lead Bury St Edmunds reaction

Boris Johnson has been congratulated by Tory colleague Matt Hancock upon his election as the new Conservative Party leader.

The vote today (Tuesday, July 23) has also decided the next Prime Minister, with Theresa May announcing she will step down tomorrow.

Johnson won 66 per cent of the vote to defeat rival Jeremy Hunt by 92,153 to 46,656.

Boris Johnson - the new Conservative Party leader (14169009)
Boris Johnson - the new Conservative Party leader (14169009)

West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock had initially stood to be leader himself, before surprising many by dropping out to support Johnson.

Today he said: “I congratulate Boris Johnson on winning the leadership election with an overwhelming mandate from the Conservative Party. We now need to support him to deliver Brexit, energise and unify the country - and address all the issues that matter to the people of this country.”

Jo Churchill, MP for Bury St Edmunds, had not declared who she was supporting.

She said: “I would like to congratulate Boris Johnson on being elected as the leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party and our next Prime Minister. I look forward to working with him to find a way forward, in which we can begin to unite the country and deliver for Britain with a renewed sense of hope and optimism for the future.I would also like to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication demonstrated by Theresa May in her three years in office and to Jeremy Hunt for providing a strong alternative leadership bid.”

Chamber of Commerce welcome election of Boris Johnson

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, said: “We welcome Boris Johnson as the new Conservative leader and Prime Minister.

“As we have reiterated to past administrations, we need a Government that is pro-business: one that sets free the skills and talents of all entrepreneurs and creates the right conditions for sustainable economic growth.

“At a national level, this means avoiding a Brexit that is chaotic and disorderly. At a county level, this means investing in the road, rail and telecoms infrastructure in Suffolk which has an absolutely vital role to play in delivering a bright free trade future for the UK.

“On his recent visit to Suffolk, Mr Johnson pledged his backing for our campaign to upgrade the A14 in Suffolk. We are writing to him to both convey our congratulations on his becoming Prime Minister and reminding him of his public pledge of support for this vital economic highway.”

Graham Abbey, president of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce added: “The message to Boris Johnson from business communities around the UK couldn’t be simpler: the time for campaigning is over — and we need you to get down to business.

“Tomorrow our national body, the British Chambers of Commerce, will be sending him specific steps he can take — with immediate effect — to rebuild business confidence swiftly over the coming days. We will work with the new Prime Minister wherever we can to make these proposals a reality, but we will also hold him and his government to account for their delivery.”

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