Howarth’s House plea to Cameron
Aldershot MP urges PM not to resign despite Brexit vote
ALDERSHOT MP Sir Gerald Howarth has asked David Cameron to reconsider his decision to resign as Prime Minister in the wake of the EU referendum result.
The in/ out referendum was held on Thursday June 23, with 51.9% voting for Great Britain to leave the EU to 48.1% who wanted to remain a part of the union.
The majority of the Star Courier area backed leaving the EU, with 58% of voters in Rushmoor opting to leave, compared to 42% who wanted to remain. In Bracknell Forest 54% wanted to leave and 46% wanted to remain and in Surrey Heath 51% wanted to leave and 49% wanted to remain.
In Hart 52% of voters wanted to remain, with 48% voting to leave.
Sir Gerald was a passionate supporter of the ‘ leave’ campaign, but that did not stop him asking the Prime Minister, who campaigned for the country to remain in the EU, to stay on as leader during the ‘ Outcome of the EU Referendum’ debate held on Monday ( June 27).
Mr Cameron drew cheers from fellow party members during the debate after joking that new Labour MP for Tooting Rosena AllinKhan should keep her mobile phone on as ‘ she might be in the shadow cabinet by the end of the day’ – following the resignation of 19 of its members.
During the debate, Sir Gerald said the Prime Minister had been a ‘ star of the Despatch Box’ during his time in Parliament, and paid tribute to him for ‘ giving the British people the chance to take this historic decision.’
Sir Gerald said: “May I also pay tribute to my right hon. Friend for giving the British people the chance to take this historic decision? I share his view that Britain will continue to be engaged with the rest of the world — I hope in a more positive fashion.
“May I also express the view that I am very disappointed that my right hon. Friend has decided to stand down? I wonder whether, at this difficult time, he might like to reconsider that decision.
“I say so because he is a star at the Dispatch Box and, furthermore, as he has demonstrated today, he will rather miss it if he is not here to do it.”
In response, David Cameron said: “I am sure there are many things that I will miss, and statements that go on for at least three hours are perhaps one of them. What on earth will I do to fill my time?
“The reason for my decision to resign is that the country has made a very clear decision to go in a particular direction, and I really do believe it needs someone - fresh leadership, and a fresh pair of eyes - committed to that path and to getting it right for Britain.
“I think that does require change. That is why I made the decision I did, and I am certainly not changing my mind.”
Nominations for the Conservative leadership close at midday today ( Thursday June 30), with South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt saying he was ‘ seriously considering’ running.