He could survive tomorrow’s ballot. If he doesn’t, his supporters will have to ask themselves what sort of final they want.
Conservative leadership election result, Parliamentary stage, second round. Johnson top, Raab out – Stewart through to next stage.
Hunt stays second, Gove third, Stewart is now fourth – and Javid trails in fifth. Raab’s votes are now up for grabs in the third ballot tomorrow.
Stewart versus Johnson is, like Gladstone versus Disraeli, a clash of opposites, and a wonderful sight for racegoers.
By working closely with Government to target investment, we have rekindled that creative spark that is one again catching the eye of the world.
The International Development Secretary is a marmite candidate among Party members: you love him or you loathe him.
The False Friend, The Stitch-Up, The Spoiler…our guide to all the cunning tactical voting options available to Tory MPs
Inevitably at this stage of the contest, rumours and allegations start to fly of clever-clever schemes, whizzo wheezes and dirty tricks.
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Further details enclosed.
Our latest Next Tory Leader survey. Stewart consolidates at second – but almost 40 points behind Johnson, who keeps over half the vote.
A big question today for Conservative MPs is: what sort of final stage, when the contest goes to the members, do they want?
Which MP is backing which candidate. Our named estimates. Johnson 102, Hunt 42, Gove 35, Raab 25, Javid 21, Stewart 14
Here’s our best stab at who is voting for whom, and this list will be updated each morning, as the contest continues.
The Moggcast. Johnson “understands that If we don’t leave by 31st October, there’s no Tory Party to lead”.
Jacob Rees-Mogg mulls the “constitutional problem” of a new Prime Minister not requiring an election. Plus: his memories of 13-year-old Rory Stewart.
His pledge to cut income tax and National Insurance for the lowest paid is one that will resonate well on the doors across Redditch and beyond.
From the blog of the University of Liverpool academic: his detailed breakdown of the contest.
Details for 1922 committee hustings, ballot, result, withdrawal and proxy vote timings as the election approaches.
Further details to follow – but if you’re a Party activist here is some information for your diary about the second stage of the contest.
Nadhim Zahawi: Johnson and Raab showed their Brexit commitment by resigning. That’s why we need them both in the final.
If we are to win back voters flirting with the Brexit Party, the Party must use this contest to demonstrate its ironclad commitment to leaving in October.
It’s no good talking tough on ID schemes alone when in-person impersonation is such a small part of the problem.
Our columnist is interviewing each of the Conservative leadership candidates on his LBC show – here’s the sixth.
The Stop Johnson candidate with the most charisma, Stewart, is also the Stop Johnson candidate who is worst placed.
Our hero is lobbied by the teams of four of the candidates – and by the fifth in person…
We need to re-discover our ability to spot the problems our constituents are facing and do something about them.
He secured two big wins for local government during his time as our Secretary of State – on both social care and housing.
From the blog of the University of Liverpool academic: his detailed breakdown of the contest.
Team Johnson allegedly hopes to help Hunt through to the final
‘In an extraordinary allegation, senior Tories told The Sun that MPs on Boris’ books were desperate for their man to face off against the struggling Foreign Secretary – to avoid Michael Gove…One Tory told The Sun: “MPs on Boris’ team are looking at lending Jeremy votes. Boris has so much headroom he can be a master manipulator. It’s like something out of 1930s Chicago. And given it’s a secret ballot there’s no way of stopping it.” Another said: “There’s talk of 15 MPs going across.” Boris got a staggering 114 votes in last week’s first round of voting – more than his three closest competitors combined. His supporters believe he could climb towards 150 in today’s second round after picking up support from Health Secretary Matt Hancock, arch Eurosceptic Esther McVey and their respective followers.’ – The Sun
- On TV tonight there is one crucial question he must answer – The Sun Says
- Leadsom backs him – The Sun
- He enjoys strong approval ratings among Party members – Asa Bennett, Daily Telegraph
- Gauke attacks ‘free and easy’ spending pledges – The Times
- If he wins, expect him to replace at least a third of the Cabinet – Daily Telegraph
- Baker pushes for a harder line on May’s deal – The Guardian
- His fellow candidates lambast his absence from the Lobby hustings – Daily Telegraph
- Who is Carrie Symonds? – The Times
- The BBC and ITV pressure him to answer questions about his children – Daily Mail
Gove: The two finalists should be people who have supported Brexit from the outset
‘As well as having the ability to take on Corbyn, the final two should be candidates who believe in Brexit, who can deliver it and who can unite the party. One of the challenges we’ve faced since 2016 is that we have had people asked to deliver Brexit who don’t really believe in it. They see it as a problem to be managed rather than an opportunity to be seized. This has to change — and the best way of doing that will be to elect a leader who has wanted to leave the European Union from the word go… It would be a mistake to put forward two candidates to the final round who will polarise our party.’ – Michael Gove, The Times
- No prizes for guessing whom he is trying to knock out of the race – The Times
- Conservative leadership candidates are in denial – The Guardian Leader
- I’ve taken drugs and had several kids, put me in charge, argues Liam Gallagher – The Sun
Hunt ‘agrees 150 per cent’ with Trump’s criticism of Khan’s knife crime failures…
‘Mr Hunt was asked for his opinion after Mr Trump – who has repeatedly attacked the Mayor – shared a tweet by the controversial journalist Katie Hopkins, accusing Mr Khan of turning the capital into “stab city” and “Londonistan”. Whilst four of the five other leadership candidates distanced themselves from the President’s remarks, Mr Hunt told a Parliamentary leadership hustings he agreed with the thrust of the attacks on the Mayor. “President Trump has his own style and I wouldn’t use those words myself,” he added. “But the sentiment is enormous disappointment that we have a Mayor of London who has completely failed to tackle knife crime and has spent more time on politics than the actual business of making Londoners safer and in that I 150 percent agree with the president.”‘ – Daily Telegraph
- Is he ‘too nice’? – The Guardian
- The Foreign Secretary criticises Bercow for ‘using his office to further a political agenda’ – Daily Mail
- Trump’s view is twisted – Hugo Rifkind, The Times
…while Javid tells the US President to butt out of domestic British politics
‘Mr Trump also retweeted a Twitter post by columnist Katie Hopkins, dubbing the capital “Londonistan”. Hitting back, the Home Secretary told America’s boss it was “unbecoming of a leader of such a great state to keep trying to interfere in other countries’ domestic policies”. Mr Javid added: “The President is right to be concerned about serious violence but he should be concerned about the serious violence in his own country where it is more than 10 times higher than it is in the UK”. He was joined in his criticism of the president by two other Tory leadership contenders, Michael Gove and Dominic Raab.’ – The Sun
- He is right that the Conservative Party needs to get on the front foot among ethnic minority voters – Rachel Sylvester, The Times
- The Home Secretary opposes drug consumption rooms – The Scotsman
- Why are we too PC to fight knife crime? – Brendan O’Neill, The Sun
>Yesterday: LISTEN: Iain Dale’s interview with Javid
Wallace: Whether he gets through today or not, Stewart has won the leadership of the Tory left
‘If he survives the second ballot, Stewart will face a dilemma. Is he standing to lead the Conservative Party, or one of its factions? Video walkabouts aside, his performance thus far rests on cornering a particular ideological theme within conservatism. The Tory centre-left has waned over the years, but it is a rich vein, the inheritance of Ken Clarke and Michael Heseltine. It is this audience which Stewart has managed – artfully – to scoop up. Even if he is knocked out today, he is the undisputed new leader of this Conservative tribe. While championing that tradition has proved fruitful, it is a minority and controversial wing of the modern party. In a Brexit-dominated race, a new Prince of the historically most pro-EU Tory faction might find that his appeal has a hard ceiling.’ – Mark Wallace, the i paper
- ‘Intrigue’ about claims he worked for MI6 – Daily Telegraph
- Only he has committed to reduce the national debt as a share of GDP – David Gauke, The Times
- Lidington is his latest backer – Daily Mail
- His campaign has been exciting but his citizens’ assembly idea is hard to take seriously – The Times Leader
- He says it is being run by his wife – Daily Mail
- How he picked up the nickname ‘Florence of Belgravia’ – Daily Telegraph
- YouGov find him polling in last place – Daily Telegraph
- Remoaners see him as one of their own, but they wouldn’t vote for him – The Sun Says
- Johnson versus Stewart is the contest we all want to see – Tim Stanley, Daily Telegraph
- His colleagues know him better than voters do, and don’t seem hugely impressed – Daily Telegraph Leader
EU sources brief against Raab
‘Brussels sources said that Mr Raab was not the fully-briefed details man or tough negotiator meting out home truths to the EU he claims to be in his Tory leadership campaign speeches. “The Turnip”, a play on raap, the Dutch word for the vegetable, allegedly “chickened out” when confronted by Michel Barnier over empty threats he made about the Irish border in a “very tense” meeting, according to the insiders. Mr Raab has regularly mentioned the clash with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, first reported by The Telegraph, as proof that he has the guts to take on Brussels, where both Dutch and French are spoken. “Raab never mentions that Barnier called his bluff,” one well-placed source said.’ – Daily Telegraph
- EU sources are briefing against him – Daily Telegraph
- Channel 4 News is allowing its bias to show through – Benedict Spence, Daily Telegraph
- BBC stars face complaints about anti-Brexit campaigning – The Sun
>Today: Mike Rouse on Local Government: Why I’m backing Raab
>Yesterday: Nadhim Zahawi on Comment: Johnson and Raab showed their Brexit commitment by resigning. That’s why we need them both in the final. Continue to all today’s Newslinks
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