Borough MPs react as Boris Johnson wins Conservative Party leadership contest

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The PM apologised to his parliamentary colleagues after receiving fines for 'partygate' gatherings

MPs across Bedford Borough have reacted to the news Boris Johnson has been elected as the new leader of the Conservative Party, becoming the country’s new Prime Minister.

The controversial MP was voted in with 92,153 votes to Jeremy Hunt’s 46,656. He’ll take over from Theresa May on Wednesday.

In a speech to the Conservative Party, Mr Johnson said: “We will get Brexit done… we are going to unite this amazing country and take it forward.

“I will work flat out from now on with my team that I will build over the next few days to repay your confidence.”

Bedford Borough MPs have been quick to react. First to send comments to us was Labour MP for Bedford and Kempston, Mohammad Yasin.

“From racist, Islamophobic and homophobic comments, deeply worrying allegations about his personal life and behaviour towards women, to his appalling record in the foreign office, there’s plenty to be concerned about with the divisive figure that is Boris Johnson,” said Mr Yasin.

“But the string of resignations and declarations of no confidence from the Tory side shows what his own colleagues think about him, and that, I think, says more about him than anything I could.

“We need unity at this time of national crisis – but instead we have more division and uncertainty to look forward to under this new PM.

“Boris is going to come up against all of the same problems with Brexit that Theresa May did, there is no parliamentary majority for a damaging Tory Brexit and certainly no majority for No deal.

“Jeremy Corbyn has already said that he will back a second referendum, and I’m very clear that it I will too. It’s the only sensible course of action that remains.”

Meanwhile Conservative MP for North Bedfordshire, Alistair Burt was more optimistic of his new leader.

“I congratulate Boris Johnson on his clear win and Jeremy Hunt for a fantastic campaign which I have been proud to be part of,” said Mr Burt.

“I expect and hope that Boris Johnson will work to unite both the Conservative Party and, more importantly, the country beyond leaving the EU with a good deal for us both. Then we can move on. Can he do it? Yes, he can.”

Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Bedford and Kempston, Ryan Henson believes Mr Johnson will offer a breath of fresh air. He said: “I think people are fed up with politics and fed up with politicians – quite rightly.

“What we need now is someone with the character and energy to get us out of the EU and to reunite our country.

“Boris isn’t perfect but none of us are. We are a great country and it’s about time we acted like it and started getting things done. Now is the time to concentrate on the future.”

We have also asked Nadine Dorries, MP for Mid-Bedfordshire, who has a small number of constituents in Bedford Borough but have not received a reply.