BROMSGROVE MP Sajid Javid has launched a joint Conservative Party leadership bid in a move which could see him become Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The current Secretary of State for Business, Skills and Industry made the announcement yesterday (Wednesday) about the partnership which would see Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb become Prime Minister.
It followed last Friday’s Brexit vote which saw the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron.
The pair have been dubbed a ‘Blue Collar Dream Team’ by The Sun newspaper and have outlined three aims of their campaign when it comes to the Brexit.
Of Mr Crabb the Bromsgrove MP said: “He’s a good man, a true leader and loyal friend – not to mention an avid Welsh rugby fan and regular player.
“Most importantly, he has a strong plan for bringing our country back together and securing the best deal for Britain following the Referendum.”
Speaking exclusively to The Standard in his Westminster Diary he said: “I want to share this plan with you, because I think it’s exactly what we need – firstly, respecting the clear message the British people have given about immigration – controlling immigration will be a red line, secondly, securing an economic relationship with the EU which is as close as possible to the one we have now and thirdly, overseeing the end of the supremacy of EU law.
“We also need to become the best in Europe at doing global trade – discussions must start now. Of course this is going to be difficult, but last week’s democratic result set a clear direction we must respect.
“As Stephen has said, ‘Brexit needs to do what it says on the tin’.”
Earlier today (Thursday), Michael Gove announced he would stand in the leadership race and Boris Johnson has now ruled himself out.
Mr Crabb and Mr Javid are fourth favourites with their odds ranging from 16 to 25-1. Theresa May is the favourite.