Jacob Rees-Mogg mulls the “constitutional problem” of a new Prime Minister not requiring an election. Plus: his memories of 13-year-old Rory Stewart.
Yesterday’s emergency National Convention meeting was a reminder of the influence and power of the grassroots.
It would suit neither Johnson nor anyone else for the front-runners not be briefly but rigorously tested by activsts and the media.
Predictably, some MPs apparently think it can all be left down to them to settle now. But it can’t, and it mustn’t. Country and party deserve a full contest.
I just can’t see how parliamentary sovereignty is compatible with a potential Prime Minister being nominated by an extra-parliamentary body.
By reforming our Party to grow and become more engaged with its members, we will become an even stronger force for good.
Nominations close, 17.00, Monday June 10th. First ballot on Thursday 13th June, from 10am to 12pm.
Almost nine in ten of our panellists want May’s successor in place by the start of the summer recess.
The Conservatives need a leader who is ready to unite the party, ready to deliver a better Brexit deal, and ready to lead us out of the European Union.
I want the leadership candidates to tell me how they are going to deliver Brexit, unite and refresh the Conservative Party – and win the next election.
A meeting, called by the Conservatives grassroots, to debate a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister, is instead likely to be a hustings to help choose her successor.
There may be greater willingness by Brussels to negotiate following populist successes in the European elections.
He suggests that “some colleagues are changing their views in order to woo our membership”.
The contest that returned Cameron took over six months. Parties in opposition have the luxuxy of time. Parties in government do not – especially this one.
Under her leadership the natural party of government has been reduced to a point where electoral annihilation appears a real possibility.