Waveney MP pays tribute to David Cameron after prime minister resigns following EU vote

Waveney MP Peter Aldous.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous. - Credit: Archant

Waveney MP Peter Aldous has paid tribute to the prime minister after David Cameron resigned following Britain's Brexit vote.

Mr Aldous had backed Mr Cameron to stay in the top job despite the European Union referendum result, saying he had been a 'great supporter' of the prime minister's and that: 'I think he has been a good prime minister in difficult circumstances.

'Whatever he decides, he will have my support.'

But Mr Cameron announced outside Downing Street on Friday morning that he thought it was only right that he stepped down within three months to allow a new leader to take the country in a new direction.

Mr Aldous said: 'I think the prime minister has behaved incredibly honourably and I found his speech extremely moving.

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'I felt that with a lot of turmoil over the coming months that he was the best person to stay there.

'He has made a decision that I respect that he needs to step aside.'

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Mr Aldous added that 'I'm MP for Waveney because of him' - saying that Mr Cameron's role in leading the Conservatives into a coalition government and then a majority government helped Parliamentarians like him to get elected.

He also believes Mr Cameron's visit to Lowestoft in the general election campaign of 2015, in which he promised the town would get its long-awaited third crossing, was a 'pivotal moment' in the campaign.

Mr Aldous said he is not backing any individual candidate at this stage for leadership of the Conservative Party.

'I personally am what people would describe as a one-nation Conservative,' he explained.

'I'd be looking for those who are seeking my vote to articulate a vision that's along those lines,' adding that he believed that was the direction Mr Cameron had taken the country in during nearly 11 years as Conservative leader.

Mr Aldous also issued a plea to his Parliamentary colleagues, saying: 'I think the Conservative Party has got to come together.

'When you look at Conservative MPs who've been fighting on different sides, they want us to come back and get on with running the country.

'The party as a whole is committed to that.'

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