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MP still refuses to say who will win her vote in leadership race

Tuesday 11th June 2019

MID Kent MP Helen Whately says she will not say who will win her vote in the leadership race.

Continuing to remain silent over her favoured next Prime Minister, she told Downs Mail: “As Deputy Chair of the Party I’m not publicly endorsing or campaigning for any candidate.”

In a letter to constituents, she continues: “In the last few weeks dedicated Conservative councillors lost their seats at the local elections and the EU elections were really tough for us. People are using their votes to send a strong message that they want all the uncertainty to end as soon as possible. So whoever does take over from Theresa May must bring the country together and deliver Brexit so we can move on to tackle the other challenges this country is facing, like housing, social care and mental health.”

When asked if she would be abstaining from the vote, her secretary responded by saying: “She is not endorsing any candidate. So, I’m afraid, I can’t say who, if anyone, she will vote for as that would be an endorsement.”

Helen, who has been the Conservative MP for Faversham and Mid Kent since 2015, said: “While Brexit and the leadership race have been keeping me busy, I’m still getting on with my campaigns for improvements to Faversham and Headcorn train stations, a conservation site rather than an industrial solar farm on Graveney Marshes, Operation Brock and equal rights for working parents.”