Jeremy Hunt was critical of Boris Johnson ahead of the voteChris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images
Hunt wrote on Monday: “Dorries served as a minister in the health department from 2019 to 2021 under Matt Hancock. Hunt ran the department in 2018, and while they didn't overlap she made it clear that she doesn't think much of how he left the department.
“The Conservative Party must now decide if it wishes to change its leader. Because of the situation in Ukraine this was not a debate I wanted to have now but under our rules we must do that.”
He added: “Having been trusted with power, Conservative MPs know in our hearts we are not giving the British people the leadership they deserve. We are not offering the integrity, competence and vision necessary to unleash the enormous potential of our country.
“And because we are no longer trusted by the electorate, who know this too, we are set to lose the next general election. Anyone who believes our country is stronger, fairer & more prosperous when led by Conservatives should reflect that the consequence of not changing will be to hand the country to others who do not share those values. Today’s decision is change or lose. I will be voting for change.”
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