We need to redefine our purpose, move forward with our global partners, unite the UK – and defeat Corbynism.
The new Prime Minister will inherit the worst political legacy in living memory – with the very barest of working majorities.
CONSERVATIVE PARTY LEADERSHIP ELECTION RESULT. IT’S JOHNSON BY A TWO TO ONE MARGIN – 66 PER CENT TO 34 PER CENT.
He wins by 92,153 votes to 46,656, on an 87 per cent turnout – 159,320 votes cast in all.
It is not, repeat not, always right to “believe the victim” – precisely because, as in this case, the victim is sometimes not a victim at all.
The more centralised her decision-making became, the less control over events she actually had.
Henry Newman: There is a path for the new Prime Minister that leads to Brexit. But it’s very narrow – and must be taken at once.
There are four possible approaches he could take on Brexit. Not all of them lead to success.
As well as a response to the immediate crisis, we need to start planning ahead properly and routinely.
The Government should abolish stamp duty entirely for all purchases of a main home under £500,000.
Johnson will want no distractions from Brexit this summer, but history suggests that he may get one – in the Straits of Hormuz.
On the whole, pay rises should go to those on the frontline, or be used for recruitment and retention, or be based on performance.
Patrick Spencer: Some advice for the new Conservative leader. Stick to these three ideas to boost productivity.
The new Chancellor should stick to the basics of cutting taxes, spending more on education and rebalancing growth outside of London.
Our final Next Tory Leader survey. Johnson 73 per cent, Hunt 27 per cent, say those members who have voted.
But because the ballot has been spread out over several weeks, earlier surveys may be a better guide to Tuesday’s result.
The real risk of all this is that it gets praised – but is then quietly filed away. What needs to happen is a change of Foreign Office culture.
How could Johnson plausibly seek a mandate for a no-deal exit whilst allowing MPs explicitly opposed to that programme to be Conservative candidates?
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Paul Goodman and Mark Wallace on next week’s result declaration – and whether expectations of a Johnson landslide will be realised.