The front runner on extension, Scotland, that Islamophobia inquiry, wrestling naked with Hunt – and taking a Trollope to bed in Downing Street.
“Spot on” policy questions to Johnson and Hunt in Birmingham yesterday showed Tory activists as they really are.
Tempting as it might be to blame Brexit, it has only revealed the problem, the roots of which stretch back long before 2016.
Davidson introduced the Home Secretary, who does not yet shine as brightly as his talents should enable him to do.
Also: don’t cut members out of the contest. And the right exam question for candidates is: who can best win a general election?
Stewart comes under fierce criticism as candidates float Northern Irish proposals; Scottish Tories’ campaign against Johnson peters out; and more.
Truss and Davidson take the other podium spots, challenging the assumptions held in some quarters about the Tory grassroots.
It is not the resignation which Tory backbenchers were keenest to see, but it makes the end of May’s prime ministership even more certain.
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The solution to the challenges we face doesn’t lie in burying our heads in the sand or in jumping ship to another party.
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They need to be able not just to sell their vision to the country, but to make activists feel good about being Conservatives again.
“I would urge my colleagues in the House of Commons to start taking those first steps to walk back to something in the middle.”
As their conference opens this weekend, they are pondering claims that his ratings north of the border are dismal – and how to respond.
Holyrood already has the powers we need, but the SNP will always put the pursuit of independence first.