MP Nick Gibb has backed Michael Gove to be the next Prime Minister.
Mr Gibb, the Conservative MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, took to social media to show his support for the environment secretary.
The pair worked together in Mr Gibb’s first spell as an education minister when Mr Gove was in charge of the country’s schools. Mr Gibb said: “I’m backing Michael Gove to be the next leader of the Conservative Party.
“His intellect, drive, track record of achievement in government and vision for the future makes him best placed to deliver Brexit, unite the party and heal our divided country.”
Previously, Mr Gibb had expressed his sympathy for Theresa May after she resigned last Friday.
“As Prime Minister, Theresa May never, not once, put her own interests before those of the country,” he said.
“Her steadfast sense of duty drove her decision making. Responsibility for failing to deliver Brexit lies with others, not with her.”
He had earlier backed Mrs May’s final, failed attempt to get her Brexit deal approved by MPs.
He stated: “We must deliver Brexit and this is the only way to do it.”