Boris Johnson has said he regrets pulling out of the 2016 Tory leadership race, admitting that if he had his “time again I might have done things differently”. The former foreign secretary said his decision to withdraw from the contest was “very painful” and had forced him to do a “lot of heart searching”, as he hinted that he will take a different approach if the opportunity presents itself again. In a wide-ranging interview with LBC, Mr Johnson brushed over the controversy that saw his running mate Michael Gove launch his own last-minute leadership bid, describing it as “complicated business”. With Theresa May’s future hanging in the balance and MPs already jostling to succeed her, he also... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson says he regrets pulling out of 2016 Tory leadership contest
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News / UK and world by Press Association December 11, 2018, 10:22 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Westminster has been awash with rumours that Theresa May could be about to face a leadership challenge from Tory MPs after delaying a Commons vote on her Brexit deal. Here is how a Conservative 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. – What if they do reach the 15% threshold? A vote would be held among Tory MPs. Mrs May would need the support of more than 50% of the 315 Conservative MPs to stay in office. But even if she wins, if the margin of victory is small her authority may … [Read more...] about How does a Tory leadership contest work?
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?
AMBER Rudd has hinted at a “dream ticket” Tory leadership pairing with Boris Johnson. The former Home Secretary - who has crossed swords with BoJo in the past - insisted they are “good friends” and that she admires the fact he is socially liberal. Ms Rudd, forced to quit over the Windrush migrants fiasco, revealed she may throw her hat into the ring if there is a leadership contest in future, adding: “Don’t write me off yet.” Asked if she could be the ex-Foreign Secretary’s running mate, she replied: “The other way round!” She insisted that the fact she is a Remainer would not damage her leadership credentials. Ms Rudd added: “Just because I campaigned for Remain doesn’t mean my view on what Brexit we get is less relevant than Jacob Rees-Mogg’s. HERE WE SNOW Britain could be facing FOUR MONTHS of snow in 'coldest winter for a decade' WEB OF LIES Mum’s heartbreak after 'Father's Day card reveals … [Read more...] about Amber Rudd hints she may team up with Boris Johnson in a future Tory leadership contest
THERESA May twice failed to spell out that she would fight on as Prime Minister if angry Brexiteers trigger a Tory leadership contest. As MPs threaten to boot her out of office over her “soft Brexit” white paper she would only say that she is “in this for the long term”. Speaking to the BBC amid reports there are close to the magic number of 48 letters of discontent that ouls begin the priocess of removingher, she was less than emphatioc. Mrs May, who beat Andrea Leadsom for the leadership in July 206, was asked if she would “certainly stand” if there was another contest. She replied: “Well actually the process is slightly different. There’s a vote before you go into a leadership contest. “What I want to focus people’s minds on is how we ensure that we achieve that prize. The benefits of leaving the European Union.” It prompted the host Andrew Marr to ask again, more directly: “And are you going to stand as the … [Read more...] about Theresa May fails twice to say she would fight on as PM if angry Brexiteers trigger a Tory leadership contest