Britain will know who will be the new Prime Minster by Tuesday after votes are counted in the Tory leadership contest. The party’s 160,000 members have until Monday to choose between frontrunner Boris Johnson and foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt as the party, and the country's next leader. Following a month-long contest, the votes will be counted on July 22, with just two candidates out of nine remaining. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, with Theresa May set to take part in her final Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday before handing her resignation to the Queen. Here’s how the final stages of the Tory leadership contest will play out next week. Monday Voting closes at 5pm on Monday, with Conservative Party members having had two weeks to cast their vote. The candidate who receives over 50 per cent of the vote will be the new Prime Minister. Tuesday The winner of the leadership contest will be revealed at some point on Tuesday. The result is … [Read more...] about Final stages of Tory leadership contest explained
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Karen Bradley backs Gove in Tory leadership contest - report BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Northern Ireland Secretary of State Karen Bradley has backed Michael Gove for Tory leader and the next prime minister, it has been reported. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/karen-bradley-backs-gove-in-tory-leadership-contest-report-38223899.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article38223922.ece/1d73e/AUTOCROP/h342/bradley_gove.jpg Email Northern Ireland Secretary of State Karen Bradley has backed Michael Gove for Tory leader and the next prime minister, it has been reported. The Sunday Times reports the MP backed the environment secretary to succeed Theresa May. Launching his campaign to be Conservative leader Mr Gove said he would lead talks to restore power sharing in Northern Ireland describing Karen Bradley as a "brilliant" secretary of state. He was accused of being "out of touch" with the comments. Mrs Bradley has come in for fierce criticism on … [Read more...] about Karen Bradley backs Gove in Tory leadership contest
The MP paused to check his phone, sighed, and turned casually to a colleague waiting at the same lift in Portcullis House. “Boris is inviting me for a chat,” he confided. “I haven’t made my mind up yet, what do you think?” They talked in murmurs for a minute before the MP checked his phone again and remembered an appointment. He slipped away leaving his more innocent colleague unaware he had been expertly interrogated by a “sleeper”. In the shady world of subterfuge and suspicion that makes a Tory leadership contest, the Sleeper is one of a cast of characters who inhabit Westminster. Low-profile MPs who affect to be open-minded, their job is to draw others into unguarded revelations. Sleepers were used by John Major’s team in 1995 to sniff out MPs who had falsely sworn loyalty to him while secretly backing John Redwood. “They use your friends to test you,” scowled a Brexiteer who has learned to be wary of … [Read more...] about The subterfuge and suspicion of a Tory leadership contest
News / UK and world by Press Association June 10, 2019, 11:51 am Updated: June 10, 2019, 11:53 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The battle for Number 10 has officially begun, with candidates to be the next prime minister launching their campaigns. Michael Gove will insist he is “ready to be prime minister” as he attempts to move on from the furore over his confession of cocaine use 20 years ago. Both Mr Gove and Jeremy Hunt will claim they are “serious” political figures, comments aimed at setting themselves in contrast to leadership front-runner Boris Johnson. As the nominations process opened, Health Secretary Matt Hancock was the first candidate to launch his campaign, presenting himself as offering a fresh start. He claimed to have a “credible plan” to deliver Brexit by October 31, warning that the “brutal truth” is that a no-deal Brexit would not get through the House of Commons. In a jibe … [Read more...] about Tory leadership contest formally begins with Gove under pressure
News / UK and world by Press Association November 19, 2018, 9:49 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter As Theresa May enters a “critical” week for her Brexit deal amid criticism on several fronts, speculation that she may face a vote of no confidence from dissatisfied Conservative MPs has ratcheted up. Here is how a Tory leadership contest could unfold: – How would it begin? To trigger a vote of no confidence, 15% of Tory MPs – 48 in total – must write to the chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady. – How many have sent letters so far? It is impossible to say for certain, as Sir Graham keeps the actual number a closely guarded secret. According to reports around 25 have publicly submitted letters, although more could have sent them anonymously. On Sunday the Prime Minister said she was aware that the number had not reached 48, while Sir Graham also confirmed it … [Read more...] about Tory leadership contest: How would it work?