Meon Valley MP Flick Drummond says she is pleased Boris Johnson has resigned as Prime Minister but is disappointed that he “has had to go in these circumstances.”
But she also told BBC Radio Solent that she “feels sorry” for the Prime Minister.
She said in statement: “I am pleased Boris Johnson is to resign. Yesterday, I told the Chief Whip I had no confidence in the Prime Minister and I asked him to convey my view that he should resign.”
Despite saying this, she failed to resign from her junior role as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey.
“I will stay on in my PPS role at the Department for Work and Pensions. I work for a wonderful secretary of state and I feel helping to ensure this important department carries on its good work must come first. DWP is at the forefront of the government’s response to the cost-of-living crisis.
“We should be proud of what the government has achieved so far. We have got Brexit done, weathered the pandemic, given international leadership to thwart Russian aggression and we have delivered on our manifesto.
“It is disappointing the Prime Minister has had to go in these circumstances but it is right he has done so.”
Mrs Drummond says she will “absolutely not” be a contender in the forthcoming leadership battle to become head of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister. “It’s a really, really tough job,” she told Radio Solent. “I love being an MP. I’d love to be a junior minister or do another role but absolutely not Prime Minister.”