A HAMPSHIRE MP has described Boris Johnson’s resignation as the “absolutely right thing to do.”

Conservative MP for Eastleigh, Paul Holmes, has hailed the Prime Minister’s decision to leave the role following a slew of scandals.

Daily Echo: Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Eastleigh MP Paul Holmes at Southampton Airport. Photo: PAPrime Minister Boris Johnson and Eastleigh MP Paul Holmes at Southampton Airport. Photo: PA

He said: “It is absolutely the right thing to do and I made my position clear a few days ago when I called for him to resign, and by being one of the first to resign after party gate.

“Boris Johnson could not demand the confidence of the Conservative Parliamentary Party.”

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Mr Holmes previously announced his resignation from his role as a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Home Office following the damming Sue Gray report.

He is now hoping for someone to step into the Prime Minister role and “unite” the country.

Mr Holmes said: “My preference would be that we had a caretaker, such as deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, but the Prime Minister has a constitutional duty to stay, and I am willing to accept that he stays on.

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“The new Prime Minister must be somebody that can unite the country and give it a fresh start.

“We need somebody who can see Brexit through as that’s what my constituents voted for and has good economic policies by offering a reduction in personal taxation and corporate taxation.

“There are a number of very, very able candidates who are going to put themselves forward.”

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