Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb is the first Conservative MP to make a formal bid to be the next Party Leader, and therefore the next Prime Minister.
Crabb is running with Sajid Javid, a very popular MP who is widely seen as the ‘Tory Chuka Umunna’, and who, if successful, is expected to become the next Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Minister in charge of the nation’s finances.
Crabb, MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, the constituency that includes the towns of Haverfordwest, Fishguard and Milford Haven, set out a platform of unity for the nation, based on the results of Thursday’s referendum on membership of the European Union:
“One: controlling immigration, and for us this is a red line.
“The one message that came through louder than any other in the vote last week is that the British people want to control immigration.
“Two: it is vital that we seek to achieve as close an economic relation with the EU as we have now.
“Three: the end of the supremacy of EU law.”
His most controversial stance may end up being having no October General Election, something which has been widely expected to A) enforce the personal mandate of the new Prime Minister, and B) create the opportunity to ‘purge undesirables’ in Parliamentary Parties.
The Work and Pensions Secretary is seen as an outsider, but is hoping that his comprehensive school background, Scottish birth, and Welsh upbringing, coupled with his ‘hard graft’ to succeed would appeal to Labour voters.
He is not worried about being an underdog, saying:
“There are different ways you can become a household name, I’m doing it the right way hopefully.”