A statement has been issued by the Rt Hon Nigel Adams MP who has confirmed that Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP was above the threshold required to stand for the Conservative Party leadership in this leadership election.
The statement from Rt Hon Nigel Adams MP reads as follows:
‘This morning I met Bob Blackman MP, Joint Secretary of the 1922 Committee. He has independently verified the nomination paperwork and confirmed to me that Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP was above the threshold required to stand for the Conservative Party leadership in this leadership election. Therefore Mr Johnson could have proceeded to the ballot had he chosen to do so’
- Mr Johnson made clear his reasons for withdrawing in the statement he issued last night
- The nominations process is confidential and it is up to individual MPs whether they wish to publicly announce who they back in leadership elections
- Bob Blackman MP is verifying nominations today for candidates in this leadership election