former Cupboard minister has grow to be the third Tory MP to publicly change their assist from Rishi Sunak to Liz Truss within the Conservative management race.
He successfully argued it will be extra prone to break up below Mr Sunak, a former chancellor, in comparison with his opponent and her “optimistic ambition for our nation”.
Ms Truss has adopted a extra abrasive strategy to the primary ministers of the devolved administrations in the course of the marketing campaign to succeed Boris Johnson in No 10.
She has described Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon as an “consideration seeker” who’s “finest ignored” and known as Wales’s Mark Drakeford a “low power model of Jeremy Corbyn”.
Mr Cairns’ transfer comes forward of Tory social gathering hustings in Scotland and Northern Eire this week, and as polls put Ms Truss the favorite to win.
Writing in The Mail+, Mr Cairns stated: “On the outset of the marketing campaign, I met Rishi Sunak to debate the way forward for the Union and was content material along with his responses. I selected to assist him.
“Nonetheless, because the marketing campaign has developed, the dangers to our Union have grow to be extra obvious. There’s a want to interrupt out of the present orthodoxy. The way forward for our Union will depend on it.
“For that reason, I’ve concluded that with the optimistic ambition for our nation and creativeness she has proven, alongside her sturdy observe document as a reformer, Liz Truss is finest positioned to safe our Union.”
Mr Cairns served within the Cupboard position below David Cameron, Theresa Might and Boris Johnson, from 2016 till November 2019, when he resigned over his hyperlinks to a Conservative candidate for the Welsh meeting who was accused of sabotaging a rape trial.
Present Welsh Secretary Sir Robert Buckland defected from the Sunak marketing campaign to assist Ms Truss on Friday, following former minister Chris Skidmore’s change.
The contenders’ strategy to securing the Union will come below rising scrutiny, with the pair heading to Perth on Tuesday and Belfast on Wednesday for questioning by the social gathering members who will choose the winner.