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Why a brief membership stage of this leadership contest is right for the country and the Conservatives
It would suit neither Johnson nor anyone else for the front-runners not be briefly but rigorously tested by activsts and the media.
Johnson as Ulysses. After his many shipwrecks, bloopers and scrapes, Ithaca finally looms into view.
The only other candidate with momentum is Stewart – and it is almost impossible to see where he can glean the votes he needs.
Conservative leadership election result, Parliamentary stage, first round. Johnson wins over 100 votes and tops the poll.
Hunt is second on 43 votes, Gove third on 37, Raab fourth on 27, and Javid fifth on 23. Harper, Leadsom and McVey are out.
In our view, his support is a mix of genuine enthusiasm and a certain resignation: a sense that now is the time to give him a go.
Gove, Stewart and perhaps others too could see their standing and prospects damaged this afternoon.
We apologise for not being swept away by the mania for new announcements that infests this leadership contest.
We also have the result from yesterday evening’s ’92 Group hustings – in which Johnson scooped almost half the vote.
A general election is rolling down the tracks. And he is the man best placed to see off Corbyn and Farage.
Johnson’s bandwagon rolls on, Davidson declares for the Home Secretary – and Gove deploys weapons of mass distraction
Also: don’t cut members out of the contest. And the right exam question for candidates is: who can best win a general election?
ConHome’s snap leadership election survey. Johnson puts on ten points – and bestrides our table like a colossus
He is set to cakewalk this contest if his colleagues in the Commons put his name before the members.
Citizens of nowhere? Or citizens of somewhere? Who should the Conservatives be targeting? Our joint event with Policy Exchange.
With Lynton Crosby, Andrew Feldman, Ben Houchen and Amber Rudd – on June 18, livestreamed on this site.
The vocation of the front-runner is not to mess up. And he hasn’t. Indeed, he has picked up support – and upped the pace.
A Brexit Party win would have boosted Johnson’s campaign. This victory for Corbyn’s party may also do – though perhaps not quite to the same degree.
A series in which we ask seven public questions of the leading contenders. They may not be the most convenient, but that’s why we’re asking them.