Thursday, September 15, 2005

Willetts: Why I'm Backing DD

In a statement this evening, David Willetts explains his decision to back DD in the context of his own excellent contributions to the modern Conservatism debate:

'I have focused on the two principles that must underpin modern Conservatism: freedom of the individual within a modern market economy and the need for us to create a strong society offering support to those in greatest need. I am pleased these ideas have received widespread support, both inside and outside the party, but I will not be a candidate for Leader.

I believe that David Davis is the right man to lead the Conservative Party. He has the experience and the authority to be an effective leader. He has demonstrated that he has the support of many senior figures representing different strands of opinion within the party. He is widely respected and he has the credibility to unite the Conservative Party once the leadership election is over.

He recognizes the scale of the task ahead of us and he has the energy and determination to lead us to victory. And, as we have seen in recent months he has the empathy, understanding and gravitas to address the challenges facing Britain and the wider world.

Consequentially, today I am announcing my support for David Davis should he confirm his intention to run for the leadership of the Conservative Party. I look forward to working with him and helping him to deliver on our joint agenda of a strong economy and a strong society and to secure a Conservative Government.'

And we look forward to what will undoubtedly be a major contribution from David W.
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