Conservative Party Leadership Contest Mps Hold First Round Of Votes. Politics

19 Jun 19
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Tory TV's leadership debate last night went into chaos as the five remaining hopeless prime ministers quarreled with each other and offered no answers or real guidelines. Boris Johnson eventually broke cover after being accused of withdrawing from previous talks, but anyone hoping to hear how he would lead Britain was disappointed. Former Secretary of […]

18 Jun 19
News Archives Uk

Boris Johnson has been forced on the defensive in a fractious five-way Tory leadership debate, coming under pressure on issues from Islamophobia to his plan to cut taxes for top earners. The former foreign minister is overwhelmingly in favor of the second round of voting. Conservative MPs convincingly, with 126 votes of the 313 cast. […]

18 Jun 19
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18 Jun 19
The Sun
BORIS Johnson last night vowed to take Britain out of the EU on October 31 – as he faced a co-ordinated assault from Tory rivals and even debate host Emily Maitlis. The five contenders for No10 repeatedly rowed and talked over each other in chaotic scenes during the live BBC debate. Tory leadership contenders clashed during the live BBC debate Viewers accused host Emily Maitlis of singling out Boris Johnson for tougher treatment BoJo tried to avoid making any gaffes in an uncharacteristically low-key performance as his four remaining challengers tried to land blows on him in his first live TV appearance of the campaign. But viewers blasted the format claiming it was failing to explore the issues in proper detail. And they accused the presenter Ms Maitlis of being tougher on Boris than on any other candidate. DELAY OR NO DELAY? BoJo and Sajid Javid insisted the Tory party will be destroyed if the new PM pushes back our EU exit again. But Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt and Rory Stewart opened the door to a third delay in a fiery blue-on-blue clash. They claimed that “extra time” may be needed to get a Brexit deal over the line after the Halloween deadline. Boris blasted: “We must come out on October 31 because otherwise we face a catastrophic loss of confidence in politics. “We already kicked the can down the road twice.” Mr Javid backed him, saying: “It is fundamental that it has to be by October 31. “We’ve got to learn from our mistakes, one of these mistakes we’ve had so far is to have this flexible deadline.” All of the candidates face another round of voting among MPs later today – as they whittle down the numbers to just two who will face the membership. [quote credit=”Boris Johnson”]We must come out on October 31 because otherwise we face a catastrophic loss of confidence in politics[/quote] [boxout headline=”Fear over snap poll”] THE former Tory chairman has warned the next PM against calling a snap general election. Lord Feldman said the party was ill-prepared and risked handing victory to Labour. The peer, who oversaw David Cameron’s 2015 triumph, said there was “a lot, lot more work to be done” before the party was ready to win again. He added: “I think anyone who’s thinking of voting for an early election should think very carefully about it. “I think it wouldn’t be a very good idea.” [/boxout] But Mr Gove hit back: “My worry with that, Boris, is if we got to October 31 and we were so close to getting that deal over the line, would you at that point say ‘Michael, we’re almost there, let’s rip this up’? “You sometimes have extra time in football matches in order to slot home the winner – my aim is to win for Britain.” And Mr Hunt addressed BoJo directly, saying: “Let me ask Boris a question – what would you say to a sheep farmer in Shropshire that I met whose business would be destroyed by 40 per cent tariffs? What if there is a deal in sight – but you took us out anyway without one?” But Boris responded it was “eminently feasible” to get a new Brexit deal by October 31 and denied that his policy was doomed to failure. The five candidates were perched on stools – Lorraine Kelly joked on Twitter: “This leaders debate looks like the worst boy band ever.” They were grilled by members of the public representing a range of different political views. NO DEAL DING-DONG Asked about whether they would consider a No Deal Brexit, all the contenders except Mr Stewart insisted the nuclear option must remain on the table. Mr Hunt said: “The only way to get deals is to hold the ability to walk away from a deal which isn’t right. If you take No Deal off the table, then we won’t get a deal.” But Mr Stewart – the most pro-Remain candidate left – replied: “I am committed there would never be No Deal, it is unnecessary and it is damaging. It is not even a credible threat because Parliament would block it.” Mr Gove mocked his suggestion he could just force through Theresa May’s existing deal saying: “You cannot simply re-present the same cold porridge for a fourth time and ask people to say that’s what they want. We need to have a different approach.” Mr Javid said preparing Britain for a possible No Deal would be one of his top priorities in No10. [boxout headline=”The Sun Says”]THE latest shambolic Tory leadership debate generated far more heat than light. Almost all five candidates left in the race are determined to deliver Brexit on or around October 31. Great. Almost all want to cut taxes — currently at their highest level in 50 years. Great. We say “almost all”. Because Rory Stewart’s “plan” for Brexit is to bring back Theresa May’s deal, defeated three times, for a FOURTH vote. Why? He had the nerve to sneer at others for being unrealistic — then produced the most unrealistic solution of the lot. Nor would Rory cut our sky-high taxes. Because, he says, public services need the cash. OK. But lowering taxes creates jobs, stimulates growth and generates income for those public services. The one thing clear above all the shouting generated by the BBC’s farcical format was this: Rory’s popularity may be increasing with Remainer MPs. But he has no real plan for anything. Nor any ambition beyond continuing whatever it was Mrs May was doing. Quite how he thinks he would win back the 26 per cent of voters currently backing the Brexit Party — many of them former Tories — is anyone’s guess. His rivals did fine. Boris Johnson did not excel nor implode. No one laid a glove on him. But he didn’t answer the crucial question either: How will he get Brexit over the line on October 31 if Parliament blocks No Deal and the EU refuses to fix the backstop? We’re still none the wiser. [/boxout] BORDER FORCE The candidates vowed to keep the Irish border open come what may, using hi-tech solutions to avoid the need for the hated backstop which would tie Britain to the EU. Boris said: “There will be no tariffs and there will be no quotas because what we want to do is get a standstill on our current arrangements.” Mr Hunt added: “We need to find a way to keep that border open – a soft border, through technology, but in a way that doesn’t trap us in the customs union – because leaving the EU is about regaining our sovereignty.” And Mr Gove vowed to “supercharge work on alternative arrangements” which make the backstop redundant. [boxout headline=”Brussels sparks barney” intro=”From NICK GUTTERIDGE, in Brussels”]BRUSSELS sparked a furious row with Britain yesterday as it refused the UK’s offer to ring-fence the rights of all citizens if there is No Deal. EU negotiator Michel Barnier slapped down Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay’s bid to protect 3.2 million EU citizens here and 1.3 million Brits abroad. Mr Barnier claimed it would be too hard to police without Euro judges’ jurisdiction and pointed out the Commons had rejected No Deal. But Mr Barclay insisted citizens’ rights groups and MEPs strongly support Britain’s proposal. Brexit minister Robin Walker vowed Britain would “ratchet up the pressure on ring-fencing” to urge Brussels to come to a deal.[/boxout]   [bc_video video_id=”6049676443001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Michael Gove says Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t help ‘working class people’ and only cares about ‘standing up for the Iranian regime'”] Boris Johnson made a live TV appearance for the first time in the campaign The candidates clashed about whether to leave on October 31 Rory Stewart – who ripped off his tie halfway through – insisted a No Deal Brexit was impossible [boxout headline=”By Gove he’ll win”]THE next Tory leader is likely to be under 53 and has spent over a decade in Parliament, but never quit the Government. The analysis of previous contests is bad news for Boris Johnson, who is 55 today and has resigned as Foreign Secretary. Michael Gove is the candidate whose credentials most closely match previous winners, according to bookmaker Bwin. Conservatives who quit the Cabinet have never gone on to be elected leader, while 70 per cent have clocked up at least ten years as an MP. [/boxout] BOJO ON THE SPOT Mr Johnson, the runaway favourite to win the leadership election, bore the brunt of the attacks not only from his fellow candidates but also from Ms Maitlis. She challenged him over his comments on the burka after a question from an imam named Abdullah from Bristol. BoJo offered a partial apology, saying: “Insofar as my words have given offence over the last 20 or 30 years when I have been a journalist and people have taken those words out of my articles and escalated them, of course I am sorry for the offence they have caused.” But when asked whether he was responsible for the plight of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British mum jailed in Iran, Boris insisted: “In that case it didn’t, I think, make any difference.” Critics claim he made her situation worse by wrongly suggesting she had been teaching journalism in the country. He blasted: “All you are doing is exculpating those who are seriously responsible which is the Iranian revolutionary guard.” This morning Nazanin’s husband Richard hit back, saying: “Yes of course [his words] had consequences, they enabled a propaganda campaign and were used to justify a second court case.” Some viewers accused Ms Maitlis of unfairly singling out the frontrunner – economist Ryan Bourne said: “Emily Maitlis showing no respect for Boris by constantly interrupting, and ruining the debate.” Viewer David Ware tweeted: “He isn’t given a chance to speak or make his points by Emily Maitlis and every question is skewed to catch him out.” TAX ATTACKS Mr Stewart – the outsider candidate who’s surged in recent days – took aim at all his rivals and said they weren’t being “realistic” by promising post-Brexit tax cuts. He said: “I don’t think this is the time to be cutting taxes because I’m not thinking about promises for the next 15 days, I’m thinking about 15 years.” But he baffled viewers with his bizarre mannerisms, including removing his tie in the middle of the debate, and was accused of being “out of touch” by one questioner. Mr Hunt said he would “turbocharge the economy” by slashing taxes on business while Mr Gove called on targeted tax cuts for the poorest and hit out at Mr Johnson’s proposal of lower taxes for high earners. He said: “He’s concentrating on cutting taxes for folk who earn what MPs earn and what millionaires earn, I think that’s wrong.” ELECTION REJECTION The candidates were challenged to call a General Election as soon as they get to No10 or risk being seen as illegitimate by ordinary voters. But they rejected the request saying it would be wrong to ask the British people to return to the polls before Brexit has taken place. Boris blasted: “I don’t think anyone in the House of Commons who’s sensible wants us to go to a General Election. “But when we’ve got it done we have the opportunity as Conservatives to bring our country together.” Mr Gove added that once Britain has finally left the EU, “We can say to Jeremy Corbyn – get back in the dustbin of history where you belong.” [boxout headline=”Stan-doff warning”]BORIS Johnson’s dad is urging Tory MPs not to put Rory Stewart through to the final two — because a battle between ex-Eton College pupils would harm the party. Sir Stanley Johnson, whose son went to the super-elite school, told Sky News: “You have to have a PM who can do the job, and if it turns out that Etonians do the job, that’s fine.” But he said of the contest: “We don’t want to see too much blue-on-blue and we certainly don’t want to see Eton vs Eton warfare going on.” [/boxout] In another rare moment of unity, all five candidates agreed to ask external experts to probe claims of anti-Muslim hatred in the Conservative party after being challenged to do so by Mr Javid. He asked the others: “Should we have an external investigation into Islamophobia? Great, we all agree.” Some viewers insisted the format was pointless because the candidates spent so much time interrupting and shouting over each other. And even some of those asking the questions hit out at the candidates for not being straight with them. Fifteen-year-old Erin from Glasgow challenged the would-be PMs on climate change – but asked what she thought of their responses, she blasted: “To be honest, none of you have impressed me.” Last night’s live telly event was the first that Boris has agreed to take part in. The other contenders – including Dominic Raab, who was eliminated from the race yesterday – faced each other in a Channel 4 debate on Sunday. The line-up for last night’s event was finalised just two hours before the start when party bosses announced the result of the second ballot of MPs. Mr Johnson was again the big winner, taking nearly three times as many votes as runner-up Mr Hunt. Mr Gove came third with 41 votes, followed by Mr Stewart who won over 37 MPs thanks to his insurgent campaign. Mr Javid just scraped over the minimum vote threshold needed to stay in the race while Mr Raab came last and was kicked out. Jeremy Hunt having the best debate so far. Rory Stewart and Emily Maitlis showing no respect for Boris by constantly interrupting, and ruining the debate. No wonder Boris spurned the last one. — Ryan Bourne (@MrRBourne) June 18, 2019 Like him or not this is a hatchet job on @BorisJohnson. He isn’t given a chance to speak or make his points by Emily Maitlis and every question is skewed to catch him out. Typical BBC bias #BBCOurNextPM — David Ware (@dware66) June 18, 2019 This leaders debate looks like the worst boy band ever #BBCDebate — Lorraine (@reallorraine) June 18, 2019 [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN POLITICS” posts_category=”318″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Tomorrow the remaining five contenders face a third ballot of MPs where the weakest candidate will be eliminated. The fourth round takes place on Thursday morning with a fifth and final ballot scheduled for Thursday afternoon. By the end of the week just two rivals will be left – with Tory activists choosing which one should become party leader and PM in late July. Mr Javid insisted the October 31 date was non-negotiable Michael Gove insisted he’s the candidate to take on Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Hunt hit out at the frontrunner Boris The candidates standing up to leave at the end [bc_video video_id=”6049583180001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Boris Johnson says he will remove the backstop from the Brexit deal”] We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online politics team? Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours
18 Jun 19
News Archives Uk

By Tom Rayner, Political Correspondent At least one Conservative leadership candidate will be eliminated from Theresa May's run for the present, as the parliamentary phase of the contest draws to a close. Conservative members will hold a secret ballot later this afternoon. The results should be announced just hours before the televised debate between the […]

16 Jun 19
News Archives Uk

Boris Johnson has put the Conservatives in an election war – as a poll revealed today, voters believe that he can win back the eurosceptics and defeat Corbyn. The favorite of the leaders fueled the rumors of an advance poll by announcing during a stormy event that he was "preparing the Brexit and getting ready […]

15 Jun 19
News Archives Uk

Boris Johnson easily won the first round of the leadership race of the Conservative government with 114 votes Thursday. Jeremy Hunt came in second with 43 votes and Michael Gove in third with 37. The remaining seven candidates will move to the next round of voting next week. The two most popular candidates will then […]

14 Jun 19
NATION AND STATE

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk, Boris Johnson secures enough votes in the first round of the Tory leadership process to guarantee he is a finalist. Here’s a synopsis of the First Round of Leadership Voting. The odds on Boris Johnson becoming the next prime minister are now 1/5, down from 4/7 this morning, the betting […]

14 Jun 19
The Sun
BORIS Johnson’s Tory leadership rivals ganged up last night to demand he join them in TV debates – as they scrambled to close the gap on the frontrunner. Left to a desperate battle for second place, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab, Sajid Javid, Matt Hancock and Rory Stewart said they were all committed to taking part in showdowns on both Channel 4 and the BBC. Boris Johnson today scored a landslide win in the Tory leadership election Channel 4 screens the first debate this Sunday and has already threatened to “empty chair” the former Foreign Secretary. And Boris’ Tory rivals tonight said that given the “critical moment” facing the country, all candidates test should test themselves before the public. In an open letter seen by The Sun the six say: “The next Conservative leader, and Prime Minister, will have the crucial task of uniting Britain behind a new vision – not only to deliver Brexit, but to define what comes next. “This leadership contest provides an important opportunity to debate, to shape and to define the ideas which will underpin those competing visions. “That is why we are committed to taking part in the Channel 4 televised debates this Sunday and the BBC programme next Tuesday.” Sources claim Boris Johnson’s camp was given the chance to sign the pledge – but declined to do so. Allies of the bookies favourite admit they’re desperate to keep him away from debates because of the potential for a high profile gaffe. And supporters of his rivals admitted their only hope of narrowing the yawning gap between Boris and the rest of the field was to get him to make a mistake live on air. One said: “He’s like a missile that could blow up at any time. We just have to hope.” The move came as MPs reacted with shock to the scale of Boris Johnson’s success in Thursday’s first round of voting. The gang of six Boris rivals co-signed an open letter calling him on a TV debate Jeremy Hunt’s supporters admitted privately they were stunned to have only received 43 votes – enough to give him second but 71 behind the man he replaced as Foreign Secretary. One said: “He was the Establishment candidate, with a lot of Cabinet backing. We expected to be in the ‘60s’.” Mr Hunt had also threatened to turn down Channel 4 as recently as Wednesday. But within minutes of the result being announced today, his most influential backer, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, said all candidates “had a duty” to appear in the TV debates. And a Channel 4 source confirmed tonight: “Hunt is in. It’s now six out of the seven.” Separately, Michael Gove issued a video on Twitter saying that he “now wants to make sure we have a proper debate about ideas”. Then Dominic Raab tore into Boris Johnson and said “everyone” should get involved in the TV contest. Asked what people should think of a candidate who ducked out of a TV debate, he said: “If you can’t hold your nerve and take the heat of a leadership contest what chance under the glare of the lights in Brussels.” He added: “I’m looking forward to the first televised debates on Sunday hope everyone gets involved. “We should have a proper debate on the vision for the country.” Challenged about the distance between Boris and the rest of the field, he said: “Well look there’s a lot of candidates with a lot to offer. Thank you to my friends and colleagues in the Conservative & Unionist Party for your support. I am delighted to win the first ballot, but we have a long way to go.https://t.co/tGRXu94CmT | @BackBoris pic.twitter.com/zVBNls2rew — Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) June 13, 2019 Delighted to come second today. We face a crucial choice: who can negotiate some better choices than the bad ones we face. The stakes have rarely been higher for our country. This serious moment calls for a serious leader. #hastobehunt — Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) June 13, 2019 It’s all to play for. Very much looking forward to the Channel 4 and BBC debates – hope to see all other candidates there! #ReadyToLead #Gove4PM pic.twitter.com/iwwsG6zx1H — Michael Gove (@michaelgove) June 13, 2019 “But we are right at the beginning of this race we haven’t tested the vision, the ideas of all of candidates. The debate’s coming up and it’s a great opportunity to test the views, vision and polices that we are all talking about.” Pointedly he added: “There’s many a slip between a cup and a lip.” A spokesman for Boris Johnson tonight said the camp remained “in discussions” with Channel 4 and the BBC. Allies of the heavyweight added: “If Boris doesn’t turn up they may empty chair him, that’s always a risk. “But it will look even more like a race for second place.” Under the leadership contest rules, MPs vote to whittle the field down to a final two- who then take their case to the party membership who select a winner. The Conservative Party yesterday confirmed “this process will be completed in the week beginning Monday 22 July”. Taking to Twitter on Thursday Jeremy Hunt attempted to shore up his campaign by saying he was “delighted” to have come second. He said: “We face a crucial choice: who can negotiate some better choices than the bad ones we face. The stakes have rarely been higher for our country. “This serious moment calls for a serious leader.” Tory MPs tonight said ‘Team Hunt’ had spent most of the afternoon hitting the phones to try and poach supporters from Matt Hancock and Sajid Javid’s campaigns. 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His team unveiled polling of Tory members which suggested the Home Secretary was the best placed to unite both Leave and Remain votes and win over younger Brits. But one ally admitted: “I wish we’d started to earlier. We’ve had a good week and built momentum but the fear is it’s too late.” Michael Gove called for TV debates on Twitter after trailing third in the Tory leadership contest Jeremy Hunt said he was ‘delighted’ to have come second with 43 votes when his camp had expected him to be in the ‘60s’ Team Hunt’ spent the afternoon trying to poach supporters from Matt Hancock, who was backed by 20 MPs Dominic Raab tore into BoJo saying: ‘If you can’t take the heat of a leadership contest what chance under the glare of the lights in Brussels’ Rory Stewart scraped through to round two in the race to be PM with 19 votes Polling shows Sajid Javid as ‘the best placed to unite both Leave and Remain votes and win over younger Brits’ GOT a news story? 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13 Jun 19
Archy Worldys

Media playback is not supported on your device media labelingCheryl Gillan announces the result with seven of the ten candidates making it to the second round. Boris Johnson has the highest number of votes in the first ballot for the election of the Conservative party leader and the next Prime Minister. Three candidates – Mark […]

13 Jun 19
NATION AND STATE

It was shaping up as another bad day for stocks, which have once again been spooked by the lack of de-escalation in the US-China trade war (as reported yesterday, the S&P would have to drop below 2,650 for that to happen), when Iran – as Trump will soon allege – came to the bulls’ rescue, […]

13 Jun 19
Russia News Now

It was shaping up as another bad day for stocks, which have once again been spooked by the lack of de-escalation in the US-China trade war (as reported yesterday, the S&P would have to drop below 2,650 for that to happen), when Iran – as Trump will soon allege – came to the bulls’ rescue, […]

13 Jun 19
Metro
The 10 people going for the top Tory job with hopes of being the next Prime Minister Voting will get underway today in the Conservative Party with at least one contender for the top job being ruled out. MPs will hold their first ballot for the leadership of the party with candidates needing to secure at least 17 votes to go through to the next round. Anyone below that threshold will be eliminated automatically. If they all meet the target then the MP with the lowest number of votes will have to leave the race for Number 10. Voting by all 313 Tory MPs will start at 10am and finish at 12noon with the result announced at 1pm. Esther McVey and Mark Harper are currently favourites to be booted from the race and Boris remains the most likely to get the job, according to the bookies. The next round of voting will take place next Tuesday and they will need to get 33 votes with balloting continuing until two candidates remain. Next Wednesday a third ballot will happen and if nobody has been chosen a fourth and fifth ballot will take place a week today. The final two will then take their campaign national with all Conservative Party members getting the chance to vote. The winner will be announced on Monday July 22. Boris Johnson Boris Johnson is pushing his campaign on Brexit (Picture: i-Images) The leadership frontrunner said Britain must leave the EU by October 31, regardless of whether it had been able to negotiate a fresh deal with Brussels. He insisted he did not want a no-deal but said it was essential that the Government prepared for that eventuality as a ‘last resort’. He cited his record as mayor of London, when he combined policies promoting social justice with support for business and financial services. Sajid Javid Sajid Javid wants the UK to prepare for a no deal but reckons he can get a deal through parliament (Picture: Reuters) The Home secretary insisted he could change the image of the Tories across the country as he stressed his humble background as the son of an immigrant. He said it was time to follow the Scottish Tories and ‘leave the short term comfort zone and throw out central casting’ by picking somebody different. Mr Javid said the UK must prepare for a no deal, but insisted he could get an agreement through Parliament by October 31. Branding Mr Johnson as ‘yesterday’s news’, Mr Javid said voters wanted to hear the Tories talk about more than Brexit Michael Gove Michael Gove wants to scrap VAT and have a lower and simpler sales tax (Picture: Getty) One of the leaders of the Vote Leave campaign, he said Brexit was an ‘unashamedly personal’ matter for him, although he would be prepared to delay beyond October 31 if negotiations were making progress. Following the disclosure he took cocaine before entering politics, he sought to get his campaign back on track, taunting his rival and sometime ally Boris Johnson for pulling out of the last leadership contest. The Environment Secretary said he would scrap VAT and replace it with a lower and simpler sales tax. Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt is prepared to leave without a deal but may delay Brexit (Picture: PA) The Foreign Secretary said he was a ‘serious leader’ for a ‘serious moment’ in the country’s history. He warned the Tories would be ‘annihilated’ if they fought a general election without first delivering Brexit. He said would be prepared to leave the EU without a deal, but signalled he could extend Brexit beyond October 31 if an agreement was in sight. Dominic Raab Dominic Raab refused to rule out suspending Parliament to force Brexit through (Picture: PA) The former Brexit secretary said he was the ‘conviction Brexiteer’ with the ‘discipline and focus’ to get Britain out of the EU by October 31. In what was seen as a sideswipe at Boris Johnson, he said ‘bluff and bluster’ would not deliver and refused to rule out suspending Parliament to get Brexit through. On domestic policy, he said he would raise the employee’s national insurance threshold to ‘take the lowest paid out of payroll taxes altogether’. Matt Hancock Matt Hancock wants to go back to Brussels to talk about the Irish backstop (Picture: PA) The Health Secretary said he had the ‘only credible plan’ for Brexit which could get through Parliament. He said no deal was not possible as MPs would prevent it and that he would go back to Brussels to negotiate a time limit to the Northern Ireland backstop. He promised to raise the national living wage to more than £10-an-hour. Rory Stewart Rory Stewart attacked Boris in his bid to be the next PM (Picture: Wenn) The International Development Secretary issued a vigorous warning against a no-deal Brexit, accusing proponents of peddling ‘fairy stories’. He said that if MPs were unable agree a way forward he could appoint a ‘grand jury of citizens’ to sit for three weeks to come up with a solution. His launch included a strong personal attack on Boris Johnson, questioning whether he was the right person to take charge of Britain’s nuclear deterrent. Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom is among the bookies favourites to lose out today (Picture: PA) The former leader of the House set out plans for a ‘managed exit’ from the EU, saying leaving by the October 31 deadline is a ‘hard red line’. She dismissed claims Parliament would be able to block no deal, saying it was the ‘legal default position’. On domestic policy, she said her priorities were building new homes, cutting crime, promoting business and delivering a carbon neutral economy. Mark Harper Mark Harper said he would bring a fresh approach to negotiations (Picture: PA) A former chief whip under David Cameron, he described himself as the ‘serious underdog’ in the contest. While he said he was prepared for no deal, he said it was not going to be possible to leave by October 31 – with or without a deal – as Parliament would not allow it. As the only contender not to have served in government under Theresa May, he said he could offer a ‘fresh approach’ to the negotiations with Brussels. Esther McVey Esther McVey wants to deliver Brexit on October 31 then unite the country (Picture: PA) The former work and pensions secretary said she had a ‘clear agenda’ to deliver Brexit on October 31 and then unite the country. She promised a pay rise for the four million public sector workers whose efforts had helped get the economy ‘back on track’. Ms McVey said she would also increase spending on the police and education while cutting back foreign aid to pre-2010 levels.
11 Jun 19
The Sun
BORIS Johnson today faced calls to come clean on his past drug use – as Michael Gove admitted he’s a “sinner”. Andrea Leadsom demanded that candidates who have taken drugs should admit it in full and apologise. Boris Johnson is the frontrunner to be the next Prime Minister Michael Gove is fighting to save his leadership hopes It came as Boris increased his lead over other candidates with top Leavers and Remainers backing him to be the next PM. Two days before the first round of the Tory leadership election: Boris Johnson opened talks with Britain’s top mandarin to ensure he’s ready to become PM Michael Gove fought to save his campaign as Jeremy Hunt pulled ahead of him Sajid Javid pointed to his humble background and vowed to expand opportunities for all Matt Hancock pledged to tax bookies to fight gambling addiction Andrea Leadsom insisted leaving the EU on October 31 is a “hard red line” Rory Stewart called himself a “Trumpian anti-Trump” thanks to his unorthodox campaign Mark Harper claimed it is now impossible to quit the EU on time Asked if Mr Johnson has a duty to explain what drugs he has taken, Mrs Leadsom said: “In politicians coming forward they need to be very clear – we all do. “We are role models – if we’ve done bad things we need to be very clear that we regret them and we don’t think other people should be doing them.” The ex-Commons Leader, who admits taking cannabis, added: “Every time I’ve made this confession I’ve said I deeply regret it and I don’t think anybody should be doing this – it’s extremely damaging.” Mr Gove has seen his chances of becoming PM slide since he was forced to confess taking cocaine on multiple occasions. Today he made a fresh bid to brush off the scandal, declaring: “We are all sinners in a fallen world.” He told business chiefs in London: “Just because someone has made a mistake, if they have fallen from high standards, that doesn’t mean we should then lower standards. “All of us will occasionally fall short in our lives. But that doesn’t mean the principle is wrong. “It just means that you have succumbed, as we all do from time to time, to human frailty.” Mr Gove also took a potshot at Boris – who launches his leadership campaign tomorrow – calling his plan to slash income tax for higher earners “insane”. Asked if Mr Johnson has the attention to detail and discipline needed to be PM, he said: “We will find out during this race.” Boris Johnson now has more than 60 MPs publicly backing him as he pulls away from the rest of the pack. Iain Duncan Smith, one of the party’s best-known Brexiteers, today became the latest senior figure to support him. He told talkRADIO: “I’m fed up with people being miserable and Brexit being about damage limitation. What we need to do is get it done.” And respected Justice Minister Robert Buckland, who voted Remain, also announced he will back Boris. He told Sky News: “I’m sticking my neck out here, I could have taken the safe option and done something conventional. “Unless something radical happens politics may change for the worse.” In a further sign of Mr Johnson’s status as the leading candidate, The Times reported that Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill has already started talking to him about the policies he would implement in No10. ‘HELTER-SKELTER’ Opponents of the frontrunner have stepped up their fierce criticism of him in a bid to limit his lead. Europe Minister Alan Duncan said a BoJo Government “would be pretty helter-skelter”, adding: “All of us who worked with him in the Foreign Office are backing other people.” Nick Boles, who quit the Tories over Brexit earlier this year, blasted: “Striking that all the worst people in the Conservative parliamentary party are backing the candidate who seems most likely to win. “I suspect that some of his more sensible supporters are heading for a major disappointment.” And Scottish Tories leader Ruth Davidson, who supports Mr Javid, said: “Saj is not a cookie-cutter politician, he’s not from central casting – he’s not from Eton and Oxbridge, he pulled himself up. “It needs people who are sound, who are solid, who’ve got a record they can be proud of.” [boxout headline=”Timetable of Tory leadership election which will pick new PM”]June 7: Theresa May stood down as party leader but will continue as PM until her successor is elected June 10: Nominations for the leadership closed with ten candidates entering the race June 13: First ballot of MPs, open 10am-12pm; any candidate with fewer than 13 votes eliminated June 18: Second ballot (if needed), open 3pm-5pm; any candidate with fewer than 33 votes eliminated June 19: Third ballot (if needed), open 3pm-5pm; candidate with fewest votes eliminated June 20: Fourth ballot (if needed), open 10am-12pm; candidate with fewest votes eliminated – any further ballots needed will also take place on this day June 22: Second stage begins where votes shift from MPs to party activists who will choose between final two candidates July 22: Result announced this week, in time for Commons recess to begin [/boxout] The Home Secretary today launched his own campaign with a video touting his background growing up in a working-class immigrant family. He said: “I got into politics because I wanted to give back to our country, which has given me so many opportunities.” Mr Hancock, the Health Secretary, promised to hold a Commons vote on Brexit within days of becoming PM if he wins the race. He insisted that would persuade Brussels to tweak the existing deal knowing that it would then have the support to get through Parliament. Launching her campaign in Westminster, Mrs Leadsom said: “The next Prime Minister must have a clear plan for a managed exit by October 31.” Mr Harper, the former Chief Whip who is a 200/1 outsider, said at his launch that “it is not going to be possible” to leave before Halloween, claiming a further Brexit delay is now inevitable. [boxout headline=”Tory candidates pledge £84bn spending spree as they compete for No10″]TORY candidates vying for the top job in No10 have been blasted for promising billions of pounds worth of spending and tax cuts. The race officially began to be the next PM last night, with ten candidates putting their names forward. But several of them have already been trying to woo over MPs and the public with wildly expensive policies. Research from leadership hopeful Rory Stewart showed £84billion has been promised so far, with more set to come. Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab and Michael Gove have all promised tax cuts if they come into office – with a multi-billion pound price tag. Outsider candidate Mr Stewart urged his colleagues not to make promises they just can’t keep – and accused them of acting just like Jeremy Corbyn by vowing huge blowout. He blasted: “We must restore – for Britain, and for the Conservative Party – our reputation for economic and fiscal prudence. We simply cannot make spending and tax cut promises that we can’t keep”. “This number – of total spending promises by other candidates in this campaign – is eye-watering. We have to be straight with people, truthful on Brexit, and truthful on spending. “We have to think about the next fifteen years, not the next fifteen days, not what works to get elected in a leadership contest”. “Under my leadership we will be realistic, prudent and sensible.” And he added: “Cheap electoral bribes could cost us dear. Our members are smarter than this.” Gove – replace VAT with sales tax – £20billion a year estimated cost Hunt – cut corporation tax to 12.5% – £11billion a year estimated cost Javid – Scrap top rate of tax – £0.7billion a year estimated cost Johnson – Raise 40% income tax threshold to £80,000 – £14.1billion a year cost Raab – Raise NI threthold to £12,500 – £11.2billion a year cost Raab – Scrap stamp duty tax on all homes under £500k – £4.5billion a year cost Raab – cut basic rate of income tax by 5% – £22.5billion estimated cost [/boxout] [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN POLITICS” posts_category=”318″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Last night Tory bosses confirmed that ten candidates had been successfully nominated for the leadership. Their first ballot box test will come on Thursday lunchtime when MPs vote on who should stay in the contest. Any candidate with fewer than 17 supporters will be eliminated – the others will go through to the second ballot next Tuesday. [boxout headline=”I’m Britain’s Trump, longshot contender Rory Stewart boasts”]TORY leadership contender Rory Stewart today compared himself to Donald Trump because of his unorthodox campaign. The International Development Secretary has taken to the streets, holding talks with members of the public and putting videos of it online. His longshot campaign is based on winning over ordinary voters – and asking them to push Tory MPs to back him too. Mr Stewart told Time magazine: “I’m the sort of Trumpian anti-Trump. “My little thing on No Deal Brexit got 2million views, which is more than he was getting on some of his tweets.” The candidate admitted he is highly unlikely to win the leadership campaign – but insisted he has huge support from the public. He said: “If you factor for awareness, I’m now leading the rest. I’m ahead of Boris Johnson. “A poll that came out on Sunday showed I’m leading on 22 out of the 24 characteristics people want in a leader. So in terms of the public, I’m winning this race. “In terms of my colleagues, I’m losing it. I’m going to be lucky to even make it through to the second round and get enough MPs supporting me.” Mr Stewart claimed many Tory colleagues secretly back him but don’t think he can win over party activists. 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