South Swindon MP Robert Buckland says he would happily serve in a cabinet led by whoever becomes the new Prime Minister.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and the former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak are vying for the job and the winner will be announced on September 5.

It follows Boris Johnson's announcement that he would be stepping down, which resulted in the Conservative Party leadership contest.

Sir Robert, currently Welsh Secretary in the caretaker cabinet, is backing Mr Sunak to become the next Prime Minister.

Speaking at the Nepalese Association of Wiltshire football tournament Sir Robert said: “I would happily serve. I’m a team player, always have been and I assess things on the issues rather than personality.

“But I would with either person, both of whom I know well and who I have worked with around the cabinet table.

“They’ve got different qualities, so I think either of them would be a good Prime Minister.

“Most importantly they would be at a head of a team that would come together for the good of the country and get on with the important work in government.”

The former Justice Secretary called for Mr Sunak to make sensible decisions if he gets the keys to Number 10.

The UK is currently in crisis with the cost of living leaving many families in poverty and inflation at a record high.

“I think Rishi has made sensible announcements, in effect treating this as an emergency and making sure from day one that the government is focused relentlessly on bringing inflation down,” Sir Robert said.

“Inflation destroys livelihoods, it destroys jobs and it destroys savings.

“We have to conquer it and Conservative governments have a proud record of taming inflation. We did in the 80s and we must do it again.

“That’s why I’m supporting him because he is putting his priority on taming inflation first and foremost.”