Tory watch: who your local MP is backing to be the next prime minister

Who will succeed this man? MPs starting to declare who they will support to be the next PM: Dominic

Who will succeed this man? MPs starting to declare who they will support to be the next PM: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire - Credit: PA

As a picture of who is supporting who in the leadership contest emerges over the coming days, we will bring you the latest here.

Sir Henry Bellingham, North-West Norfolk: Michael Gove.

He there were going to have to be compromises in the renegotiations and that Michael Gove was 'credible and respected' in Europe, saying that Mr Johnson, who Mr Gove had originally given support to, would have been a 'red rag to a bull'.

Richard Bacon, South Norfolk: Theresa May


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'We have an excellent set of candidates for Conservative party leader and Prime Minister. I have met one-to-one with all five candidates. I know and admire them all and I hope that each one will make a significant contribution in government in the years ahead. I have voted for Theresa May because the country needs a steady hand on the tiller and she has the right experience and is ready to be Prime Minister now. Furthermore, I have concluded that Theresa is in the best position to unite the Conservative Party in Parliament and across the country in the constituencies.'

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Keith Simpson, Broadland: Theresa May.

He said he had been backing her since Monday and had been working to convince colleagues to do the same.

'I think the public are crying out for straightforward leadership.' He said they were not worried if the prime minister was hip or went to nightclubs.

'She is 100pc honest and there are no skeletons. I have had emails from my association saying she is our Angela Merkel. She has not got caught up in the 'chumocracy'.'

Norwich North Chloe Smith: Stephen Crabb and is part of his core team

'I believe Stephen Crabb has the background, experience, ability and vision to be able to unite the country and get the best for Britain in the hard work ahead. The next Prime Minister must reach far out from Westminster and listen hard to people. As I also try to do in my work for Norwich, he cares most deeply of all about breaking down barriers to opportunity.'

Brandon Lewis, Great Yarmouth: Theresa May

'For me it is a no brainer. I am back Theresa May because she is a proven leader at the highest level as Home Secretary. We have real challenges ahead and need to deliver on the decision our country made last week and I believe Theresa May is the best person to be prime minister delivering on just that.'

Mid-Norfolk George Freeman: Theresa May. He considered a leadership bid the weekend after David Cameron announced he would be standing down.

He said: 'Theresa's track record speaks for itself. She has proven she can successfully drive public sector reform, getting more for less from the Police and Home Office. She has shown she is tough and effective when it comes to protecting our national security.'

Elizabeth Truss, South-West Norfolk: Theresa May. She initially backed Boris Johnson the day before he announced he would not be standing.

Therese Coffey, Suffolk Coastal: Theresa May

Matt Hancock, West Suffolk: Theresa May

Peter Aldous, Waveney: Theresa May

Jo Churchill, Bury St Edmunds: Theresa May

Dan Poulter, central Suffolk and north Ipswich: Andrea Leadsom. He initially backed Boris Johnson.

Stephen Barclay, North-East Cambridgeshire: Theresa May

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