Prime Minister-wannabe Sajid Javid has used his local newspaper, the Bromsgrove Standard, to announce his bid to succeed Theresa May.
The Home Secretary (pictured) exclusively revealed his candidacy for the Tory leadership, saying it was “fitting” that his constituents were the first to know.
The Standard was contacted by Bromsgrove MP Mr Javid’s office and subsequently broke the news on its website.
Speaking to media website HTFP, Standard editor Tristan Harris said: “I received the call from Sajid’s office saying as his constituents were the ones who had enabled him to become an MP, it was only right that they be the first to know he would be putting himself forward to be leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party. We were delighted Sajid had chosen to give the Standard his statement exclusively and to be able put the news out there first on our website.
“We have a great relationship with the MP, having officially backed and promoted his annual jobs fair, pensioners’ fair and the yearly schools debating competition which I’ve been on the judging panel of ever since he introduced it.”
He added: “We wish him well with his leadership challenge. Sajid becoming Prime Minister would be a great way to put Bromsgrove on the map.
“It shows the importance and key role local journalism plays in communities and it’s fantastic our town’s MP, current Home Secretary and possibly the future Prime Minister also supports that view “