We have the Government that we should have had then, ready to counter the charge that Vote Leave scurried away from Brexit, rather than manning up to deliver it.
The key to promotion in this shuffle wasn’t primarily having backed Leave – it was supporting Johnson.
Its members must be signed up to leaving on October 31. Here’s a rough draft of what the top team might look like.
But a schoolboy was delighted to meet Theresa May.
Of course, many of the sacked ministers – Fallon, Mitchell, Shapps and a dozen others are hoping for preferment under a Boris administration.
“I’ve seen him reach out to audiences and voters that the Conservative Party would not normally expect to be onside.”
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.
He leaves the field as the 1922 Committee agrees and announces rules for the conduct of the election.
“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.”
We see no reason why the bottom three, say, shouldn’t fall out each time – rather than just the one, as previously.
Paul Goodman and Mark Wallace probe who has had a good and week, what happens next – and why the contest isn’t rising to events.
His announcement on EU nationals – crafted to appeal to liberal Leavers, Remainers and Softer Brexiteers – has perfect pitch in terms of the coalition he is trying to build.
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“It’s also really important we understand that not delivering Brexit would be, in my mind, significantly more damaging.”
He, Raab and Gove are in the same order as last month – first, second and third. No other candidate reaches double figures.