West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock is backing Home Secretary Theresa May to be the next Conservative leader and Prime Minister.
Following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, Mr Hancock said the country needs ‘steady hands at the wheel - someone prepared to tell hard truths and take diffiuclt decisions who can govern for all’.
He said: “So as well as leading tough negotiations to get the best possible deal out of Brexit our next leader has to build on the success we’ve had in turning the economy around, and make sure all parts of our country feel the benefits.
“Theresa May has put stability and safety first as one of the most successful Home Secretaries in history. She has personally driven a modern, compassionate agenda with reform of stop and search and the world’s first Modern Slavery Act. And she backs an entrepreneurial culture to harness enterprise.
“In politics it’s important to be guided by your irreducible core. If I stand for anything, I stand for economic stability first, and for a modern, compassionate, aspirational Conservatism.
“I want to know I can trust our next Prime Minister to deliver on these values. Having worked with her in Opposition and Government over many years, I know that Theresa May is the right person to lead the country in these troubled times.
“Because she offers strong leadership, unity, and a positive, inclusive vision for Britain, you can trust Theresa.”
Mrs May faces competition from Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove, Liam Fox and Stephen Crabb.
David Cameron says he will step down as PM by the autumn.
Meanwhile, Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill says she is meeting and speaking with all the candidates before declaring who she will support.
Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter is backing Andrea Leadsom.