We have asked supporters of both candidates to outline why they're planning on voting the way they are. In this post, Cllr. Gavin Chambers of Epping Forest District Council, outlines his views to Blue Print readers.
By: Cllr. Gavin Chambers
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At the start of the Leadership campaign I was certain that I knew who I would and wouldn't be supporting to be the next and Prime Minister. As a Brexiteer I initially supported James Cleverly. I liked that he was as an up and coming Member of Parliament, with a background that many people could relate to. Unfortunately, James decided not to stand, and I considered other candidates. As happens in the political arena, my preferred candidates were knocked throughout the course of numerous rounds of voting.
We are now left with two candidates, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt. Both are strong candidates and both will make excellent leaders. However, one must be the winner elected by the Party members. As a Brexiteer it would be natural to assume that I would be supporting the candidate who campaigned for Brexit, rather than a candidate who campaigned to remain in the European Union.
However, as things stand, I find myself supporting Jeremy Hunt.
Both candidates have interesting positions on taxation and National Insurance. Jeremy's position will help some of the poorest in our society. With Brexit being the most important issue that will define our future as a nation, it clear we need someone with skill and experience. Brexit needs to be delivered on 31 October, or the Conservative Party will face annihilation at the next General Election and let Jeremy Corbyn and his cronies into power.
Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson both claim that they can deliver Brexit by the October deadline. I am of the opinion that only Jeremy Hunt, the current Foreign Secretary, stands a better chance to deliver on time. He is well placed with his contacts and working relationship with the EU. However, as an entrepreneur and businessman he has the required negotiating experience to secure a better deal and leave the EU on 31 October 2019.
Unless there is a significant policy announcement from Mr. Hunt’s camp that I really couldn't support, or something happens to change my mind at the forthcoming London hustings, I will be voting for Jeremy Hunt to be our next Party Leader and Prime Minister.
One thing I am sure most of us can all agree on is the need to get on with Brexit and not risk a general election until we have left the European Union once and for all.
The views expressed in this piece are those of the author only, as with all of our opinion pieces.