The Prime Minister has my full support.
Since he was given an overwhelming mandate by the British people in December 2019, the Prime Minister has led us admirably through a series of unprecedented challenges.
He led us through the COVID-19 pandemic and delivered the fastest vaccine roll-out in Europe with over 143 million doses having been administered to date. It is thanks to his courageous decision-making that we got our freedoms back last Summer and were able to enjoy last Christmas while his opponents called for another lockdown.
The Prime Minister has also led both our country and the world in ensuring that we stand in solidarity with our friends in Ukraine, making our country a home to Ukrainian refugees and giving the Ukrainian government the financial and military aid that they need to defend themselves in the face of Russian aggression.
Now is not the time for a change of leader; instead it is a time to Build Back Better for all regions of the United Kingdom. We must continue our work to ‘level up’ our country, improve our energy security and take advantage of the opportunities that Brexit offers us. I therefore hope that my colleagues will join me in voting to support the Prime Minister this evening.