West Norfolk MPs pay tribute as Theresa May announces resignation plan
Politicians in West Norfolk are giving their reaction after Theresa May announced plans for her resignation as Prime Minister.
During an emotional statement in Downing Street, Mrs May confirmed she would quit as Conservative party leader in two weeks' time on Friday, June 7.
She will stay on as Prime Minister until a new leader is elected.
South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss tweeted: "Very dignified statement from the Prime Minister.
She has put her all into the job and has shown huge resilience at this difficult time."
Ms Truss, the current Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has been seen as an outside contender to succeed Mrs May.
In a statement, North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham, who has remained supportive of Mrs May, said: "No one could have worked harder or shown greater commitment to public duty than the Prime Minister.
Throughout her time in public office the Prime Minister has always acted with dignity and honour in pursuit of what she believes to be in the national interest.
“I greatly respect the Prime Minister’s decision and I think she can take great pride in her many achievements, not only as Prime Minister but also as this country’s longest serving Home Secretary.
"What the Party must now do is run a very orderly and professional leadership election, so we have a new Conservative Prime Minister in place by the summer.”
But Labour MEP Alex Mayer, who is awaiting her fate in the European elections this weekend, said Mrs May's exit was "turning out to be the longest goodbye in history."
She added: "This has been a disastrous Premiership that has further torn the country apart.
"What we need now is not a Tory leadership contest but a general election. Its time for the Tories to admit they have no plan for Britain and put the country first."