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New Prime Minister Theresa May will be ‘unifying figure’ say West Suffolk MPs

Theresa May visits the Police Investigation Centre in Bury St Edmunds in 2012
Theresa May visits the Police Investigation Centre in Bury St Edmunds in 2012

West Suffolk’s MPs have hailed new Prime Minister Theresa May as a ‘unifying figure with strong proven leadership’.

Mrs May is to succeed David Cameron today after he chose to step down following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill said: “For me she’s got the qualities that we need- strong proven leadership and she’s had one of the hardest briefs in government that of home secretary and dealt with some really difficult things.”

On Mrs May’s ability to unite a divided country following the knife edge referendum vote, Mrs Churchill said: “She’s been quite clear in saying there’s a need to heal the fractures - there were divides between young and old, north and south, rural and urban and so on. She will be a good person to get the best deal (over the EU) and she’s going to have a separate department that will lead the negotiations.”

She said that Wednesday was also ‘tinged with sadness’ as it marked the departure of David Cameron - a ‘big social reformer’ who was one of the reasons Mrs Churchill thought it was possible for her to enter politics.

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock thinks that Mrs May is a ‘unifying figure who can bring the country back together and build an economy that works for everyone’.He added: “I will be asking that she supports policies that help the people of West Suffolk and of East Anglia that will create wealth and spread the wealth so everyone has the chance to share in a growing economy.”