The Chief Secretary to the Treasury wins decisively with over half the vote. Johnny Mercer was the runner up, with more than a quarter.
Posts Tagged: Johnny Mercer MP
There is not only an overwhelming moral case for supporting ex-servicemen and women, but a strong political one too.
Iain Dale: Don’t mention the war, please. Why Johnson was wrong to suggest Hammond and company are collaborators.
Plus: I’ve never thought a national unity government is a runner, and I think it’s even less likely now.
Here’s our best stab at who is voting for whom, and this list will be updated each morning, as the contest continues.
In a field this crowded and with an electorate so, er, sophisticated, make no assumptions about which names will be forwarded to Party members.
The contest may or may not produce a Snow White. But statistically, there are bound to be more than seven dwarves.
Also: Mercer resigns over Government’s handling of historical allegations against veterans; and Welsh health minister fends off no-confidence vote after latest scandal.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: The unbearable spectacle of a tormented Prime Minister pretending things are fine
May’s bogus jollity has become intolerable.
The row over his sacking is a sign of a Party pulled in different directions by the way politics works – and by culture wars. Now a new competitor is knocking at the door.
Plus: Farage and my evenings. Edinburgh and my show. Notre Dame, fire, Macron – and recovery? And: Javid’s emotional intelligence.
Also: Eleven candidates prepare to fight Newport West by-election; Trimble hints that backstop changes could be enough; and more.
Johnny Mercer: Reform the leadership rules. MPs should present members with a final four candidates, not two.
That way we would have a proper contest, focused on the future and the full range of issues. And our hardworking members would have a real choice.
Several Ministers helped to see off the Government’s best hope of avoiding a full-on crisis in the Party – and perhaps of saving Brexit too.
Philip Davies, a famously long-standing and committed Brexiteer, is among their number.
The new dividing line among would-be Tory leadership candidates: experience versus a “new generation”
In previous contests, service in Cabinet was seen as a requirement. Now it could even be seen as a weakness.