Fri, 24 Jun 2016
NEWBURY MP Richard Benyon has described Prime Minister David Cameron's resignation as 'sad'.
After Britain voted to leave the EU, Mr Cameron announced he would step down by the time the next Conservative Party Conference takes place in October.
Mr Cameron grew up in West Berkshire and his mother Mary still lives in the district.
Speaking to NewburyToday this morning (Fri), Mr Benyon said: "I have had many bad days in politics, but today is particularly sad.
"It is sad that a great Prime Minister and a great leader should go in this way. I think history will judge him well as someone who saved our country from the brink. He has led this country extremely well.
"I've known him since I was a child and he comes from West Berkshire. It is sad to lose somebody you admire and he had so much more to give, but I think it was inevitable after the decision the country took.
"Our economy is on the brink and it is something that will affect each and every one of my constituents. I hope the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and the Bank of England can get together in the coming days to steady the ship."
Mr Benyon added: "It was right to give the country the choice. I regret the decision they took but I feel proud that we stood up and honoured our manifesto pledge."
When asked who he would like to see as the next Prime Minister, Mr Benyon said: "There are a lot of talented people but I have absolutely no idea. In previous leadership elections I have nailed my colours to a mast but this time round I don't know."
MP for Reading West Alok Sharma also said he will be extremely sorry to see the Prime Minister go.
He added: “He has been an extremely good prime minister over the last six years and we now have record levels of employment and growth in our economy.
Speaking about who he would like to see replace Mr Cameron he said: “We have to wait and see who puts himself forward.
“The process will evolve over the next few months so we’ll have to see who the runners and riders are before we can make a decision.”
The Conservative MP added: “We had a good result to remain in Reading but as someone who campaigned for Remain I’m very disappointed by the overall result in the country, however it is the democratic will of the nation.”