Mixed reaction from local Conservatives as Boris becomes PM

Councillor Gary Mulvaney

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The deputy leader of Argyll and Bute Council is among the Conservatives who have welcomed the election of Boris Johnson as the UK’s new Prime Minister.

Councillor Gary Mulvaney, who has represented the Tories on the council since 2003, is confident the new resident of 10 Downing Street will build a strong team to see the country through the challenges it faces.

He said: ‘I warmly welcome Boris Johnson’s election as Conservative leader and Prime Minister. His sense of ‘can do’ optimism and brand of liberal conservatism is what we need today.

‘Serious work awaits, not just on delivering on the democratic mandate of Brexit but beyond, too, and that will require a strong team which I am sure he will build.’

Kintyre and the Islands Councillor Alastair Redman said: ‘Boris has the ability not only to win over traditionalist voters, but to reach out to new ones. It is vitally important to have somebody who can use social media to their advantage and reach out.

‘Boris is committed to delivering the democratic will of the people to take the UK out of the restrictive and outdated EU.’

But not all Argyll and Bute Conservatives are happy, with Councillor Yvonne McNeilly stating that Mr Johnson is ‘entirely unfit to be Prime Minister in every way possible’.