The defence minister talks to Sophy Ridge about the mounting confrontation with Iran in the Strait of Hormuz.
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He says that the Johnson must be tested – and that the International Development Secretary is the candidate to do it.
He suggests that “some colleagues are changing their views in order to woo our membership”.
The contest may or may not produce a Snow White. But statistically, there are bound to be more than seven dwarves.
Next Tory Leader. Our Survey. Johnson dominates the table. He puts on ten points and leads by eighteen.
The pattern of results over many months suggests that the worse the position of the Conservatives, the better he does.
Chris Skidmore: Military personnel, veterans and their families deserve better access to Higher Education
We are providing funding to help service leavers to go to university, and scholarships for the children of those killed on duty.
Iain Dale: Rudd, Clark, Gauke. After all their bluster about resigning, abstaining ministers took the cowardly way out
Plus: The Chief Whip’s swift transformation from Francis Urquhart to Mr Bean. And: why I can’t bring myself to vote Tory in the local elections.
Though there may have been extenuating circumstances – namely, contradictory instructions from Number Ten and the Whips respectively.
The Defence minister tells the BBC that “it is not something that we can contemplate”.
There’s no guarantee that it would return a Commons supportive of any deal that May might put before it.
She hopes to move quickly while Labour is splitting, get a quick gloss on the backstop, square the ERG with a hint of Malthouse later – and, hey presto, the deal will be done.
The Prime Minister’s previous form suggests that she will keep kicking the can down the road, or try to – even after the road runs out.
Iain Dale: We’re heading towards an application to extend Article 50. And if extension happens, will revocation follow?
Plus: Collective minsterial responsibility is seeping away. Plus: A.C.Grayling, Jews, nazis, yellow stars – and Brexit Derangement Syndrome.
Also: Davidson wisely opposed ‘The Vow’ in 2014; Jones proposes special conference to decide Welsh Labour leadership election rules; and more.
The combination of crucial Brexit votes, crumbling ministerial discipline, growing grassroots discontent and a rail crisis serves to intensify pressure on Downing Street.