BORDERS MSP Rachael Hamilton is supporting Liz Truss to replace Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party and Prime Minister.

Ms Truss is competing against former chancellor Rishi Sunak for the top post with votes from party members determining their choice for the new leader.

The pair have embarked on a programme of official hustings, where they are seeking to woo voters in the race for No 10.

Ms Hamilton, the MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, said: The contest to become the next leader of the Conservative Party has now reached its final stage, with Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak emerging as the final two candidates.

"What has been clear to me throughout the contest is that there is a wealth of experience, talent and determination to help the UK prosper within the party.

"There is no doubt that both candidates would both make great leaders of our country.

"However, as the contest has gone on, and having paid close attention to the credentials of the candidates, I have been particularly impressed with Liz Truss. 

"With the topic of debate often circling back Scotland’s relationship with the rest of the UK, it is clear that this is a matter that Liz understands well.

"Having grown up in Paisley, she has an encouraging affinity for Scotland, and wants to see the whole of the United Kingdom succeed. She can stop Nicola Sturgeon from tearing apart our union.

"Her track record is impressive, and her plan for the country even more so. As trade secretary, she negotiated dozens of post-Brexit trade deals in record time when others told her this was impossible.

"As Foreign Secretary, she leads the world in the diplomatic response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. As Prime Minister, I know she will bring the same work ethic that propelled her to one of the Great Offices of State into Number 10.

"I know that issues such as the cost of living and employment are key priorities for people in the Borders. Many of the powers to alleviate the issues we face are devolved to the Scottish Government.

"However, from day one, Liz Truss will look to cut bills for families, pause energy levies, scrap the National Insurance rise, and create opportunities for people to succeed in life regardless of their background.

Liz Truss, during her visit to Twelve Oaks Farm in Newton Abbot, Devon, as part of her campaign to be leader of the Conservative Party and the next prime minister. Picture date: Monday August 1, 2022.Liz Truss, during her visit to Twelve Oaks Farm in Newton Abbot, Devon, as part of her campaign to be leader of the Conservative Party and the next prime minister. Picture date: Monday August 1, 2022.

"For me, these policies represent a step in the right direction for the country. The world is facing unprecedented challenges, and we need a bold and ambitious leader to get us through them. Liz would give us just that."

Conservative Party members are due to receive postal ballots this week and will have until 5pm on September 2. The new leader will be announced on September 5.