Ms Patel said: “As the recent by-election has shown, if we get this decision wrong the Conservative party could soon cease to exist with our supporters already looking elsewhere. The failure to deliver the Brexit we promised in our manifesto has grievously hurt our country and the party. The damage to the party has been self-inflicted as inept ministers and arrogant self-righteous MPs torpedoed us into this crisis.”
The Tory MP has been robust in her assessment of fellow parliamentarians for going against the 2017 Conservative Party manifesto and throwing the party into turmoil.
The MP for Witham has warned Conservatives face “one of the greatest decisions of our political history” and could “cease to exist” if its MPs and then party members choose the wrong person in the leadership contest.
Writing in the Sun on Sunday Ms Patel stated the next Tory leader and Prime Minister must “inspire the nation” and leave the European Union on October 31.
The Tory backbencher has given her backing to leading candidate Boris Johnson because she says the former Foreign Secretary “believes in Britain” and has the character to lead the country to “greater opportunities, success and prosperity.”
Ms Patel added: “Boris also has a clear vision for a free, independent and self-governing Britain beyond Brexit, which shows that we believe in the potential of our great country.
“The Conservative Party is at is strongest when in tune with the hopes and aspirations of Britain’s law-abiding, hard-working majority, and when it governs through clear Conservative principles.”
The 47-year-old said she believed any contender other than the former Mayor of London through the door of Number 10 would increase the chances of a Labour victory in a general election.