Leadsom under heavy Tory fire

Snip20160710_1“The Tory establishment launched a concerted attempt to derail Andrea Leadsom’s leadership bid yesterday after she was accused of ‘back­stabbing’ her rival, Theresa May. Ministers called for Leadsom to stand down after she suggested in an interview that having children made her more qualified to be prime minister. The Sunday Times has learnt that as many as 20 Tory MPs are prepared to leave the party if Leadsom is elected leader” – Sunday Times (£)

  • Leadsom’s remarks on motherhood spark ugly Tory leadership row – Observer
  • Tory women turn against Leadsom as motherhood row deepens – Sunday Telegraph
  • Stop Leadsom smears, IDS warns top Tories – Sunday Times (£)
  • Leadsom is hopelessly naïve – Tim Stanley, Sunday Telegraph
  • Leadsom is not naïve. She aimed her motherhood pitch at her voters – Jane Merrick, Observer
  • Don’t judge us on our ability to breed – Anne Atkins, Mail on Sunday
  • Brexit’s surprise star has made the mother of all miscalculations – Helen Lewis, Sunday Times (£)
  • Leave God at the gates of parliament, Mrs Leadsom, or end up like Blair – Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times (£)



Patel: Leadsom as PM would paralyse government

“In an interview with The Telegraph, Priti Patel, the high-profile Cabinet minister, says Mrs Leadsom could paralyse the government if she becomes Prime Minister, just as Mr Corbyn has damaged the Opposition. Ms Patel warns that Mrs Leadsom would struggle to win votes in Parliament because she lacks support among her fellow Tory MPs, a situation that would even jeopardise her ability to deliver Brexit” – Sunday Telegraph

  • I’m backing Leadsom – Nigel Farage, Mail on Sunday
  • Far-Right extremists attempt to hijack Leadsom’s campaign – Mail on Sunday
  • Who’s man enough to fill Denis Thatcher’s shoes? – Rachel Johnson, Mail on Sunday

May wants to include Gove in “unity government”

Snip20160710_2“Michael Gove is being lined up for a big promotion by PM-in-waiting Theresa May. The leadership favourite is ready to forgive the Justice Secretary’s treachery – in withdrawing his support for Brexit colleague Boris Johnson, launching a bid to be PM himself – and hand him a top job in her first Cabinet… At least four other Brexit campaigners can expect to be given posts in a ‘unity government’ led by the Remainer” – Sun on Sunday

Grieve raises prospect of second referendum

“The prospect of a second referendum on the EU was raised by a leading supporter of Theresa May yesterday. Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve – a leading Remain advocate – said: ‘It’s possible that people may change their mind about this and I have to say I don’t take the view that referendums are writ in stone.’ The comments by Conservative MP Mr Grieve were seized on by Mrs May’s Tory critics, who said they reinforced their claims that she will face pressure from her allies to backtrack on the Brexit vote if she becomes Prime Minister” – Mail on Sunday

  • Informal talks held between Labour and Tory MPs about forming a new centrist party – Sunday Telegraph
  • Bring all sides together to negotiate our future with Europe – Shirley Williams, Observer
  • We’ve made the right choice and Remainers should stop talking the country down – Simon Heffer, Sunday Telegraph



Cameron announces memorial for terror victims

Cameron“A national memorial for British citizens killed in terror attacks overseas is to be unveiled in Staffordshire next summer, David Cameron has announced. The Prime Minister revealed the decision to site the memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire during his attendance at the Nato summit in Warsaw. A handful of artists will now be invited to offer designs for the memorial” – Sunday Telegraph



Labour leader and MPs on collision course

“On Monday in what aides say will be a ‘deeply personal’ speech over which she has agonised for days, Angela Eagle will formally launch her bid to be leader of the Labour party… But it is on Tuesday, when a special meeting of the party’s governing body, the national executive committee (NEC), will be convened at Labour HQ, that the key questions over this campaign will be discussed… At the top of the contentious agenda will be whether Jeremy Corbyn, as incumbent, needs to collect 51 MPs himself to appear on the ballot paper” – Observer

  • Labour MPs braced for “brutal” fight to oust Corbyn – Sunday Times (£)
  • Corbyn says he is under “no pressure whatsoever” – Independent

McTernan: Labour will split

mcternan“I have no doubt that Labour will split. But it won’t be a Social Democratic Party Mark 2, it will be a Communist Party Mark 2…. In the end, the handful of MPs who believe that it is all about Jeremy and not about the country will have to leave” – John McTernan, Prospect

Evans wants to rid UKIP of “racists and sexists”

“UKIP’s best-known female politician has vowed to rid the party of ‘racists, homophobes and sexists’ and ‘stop it banging on about immigrants’ – by taking over from Nigel Farage as leader. The comments by former UKIP deputy chairman Suzanne Evans come after Farage announced his resignation in the wake of the Brexit vote, sparking yet another political leadership battle. In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Evans said UKIP needs a female boss” – Mail on Sunday

News in brief

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