Each week, we’ll be summarising the announcements made by those vying to succeed May as Prime Minister.
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 credible plan to deliver Brexit must be grounded in reality.” Hancock’s foreign policy speech. Full text.
The Health Secretary tells Policy Exchange: “We should beat Huawei with a British champion of our own. A champion that can become a global leader.”
Nominations close, 17.00, Monday June 10th. First ballot on Thursday 13th June, from 10am to 12pm.
Now Malthouse withdraws from the leadership election. “There is an appetite for this contest to be over quickly.”
He leaves the field as the 1922 Committee agrees and announces rules for the conduct of the election.
Cleverly withdraws from the race: “I asked them to make a leap of faith…MPs weren’t comfortable with such a move”
“Despite much support, particularly from our party’s grassroots…it has become clear that it is highly unlikely that I would progress to the final two candidates.”
The vote by Bracknell Conservatives leaves the future of their MP in doubt. Further little local difficulties may follow.
The Brexit Party wins the Euro-elections. The Liberal Democrats are second. Disaster for the two main parties.
The Conservatives are down to four MEPs: Hannan, McIntyre, Mobarik, and Van Orden.
From: Hunt, Javid, Gove, Hancock, Stewart, Truss, Rudd, Johnson, Leadsom, Raab, Harper and Baker.
“Never forget that compromise is not a dirty word. Life depends on compromise.” May will step down on June 7. Her statement. Full text.
“I am today announcing that I will resign as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday 7 June so that a successor can be chosen.”
What strikes us so far is how fluid the Parliamentary stage of the contest is presently set to be – and the low levels of certain commitment.
The former Treasury Minister is regarded as a “safe pair of hands”. However, he may not stay in post for long.
“There has been a complete breakdown of collective responsibility.” The Commons leader’s resignation letter. Full text.
Leadsom quits – and slams May’s deal as now proposed; the second referendum plan and the by-passing of Cabinet.
There are worrying echoes of the 1970’s in the re-polarisation of the political debate today. Populism is on the rise.
She offers second referendum and customs unions votes, entrenched workers’ rights and a backstop termination date.