Gove: Why I Knifed Boris

Gove speaks:

“Boris is a big character with great abilities and I enjoyed working with him in the referendum campaign, when he campaigned with great energy and enthusiasm. But there is something special about leading a party and leading a country, and I had the opportunity in the last few days to assess whether or not Boris could lead that team and built that unity. And I came reluctantly but firmly to the conclusion that while Boris has many talents and attributes, he wasn’t capable of building that team. And there were a number of people who had said to me during the course of the week, ‘Michael it should be you’. I reflected on those comments, I reflected on the individuals who made that case, and I came, last night, with a degree of hesitation, but ultimately believing that this was absolutely the right thing to do, I came to the conclusion that it was necessary to put myself forward.”

Here are the MP declarations as of 5:30pm tonight:

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See who is backing whom here

Tory Social Media Campaign Begins

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The first real social media campaign for a Tory election has had a lacklustre start, with just three accounts spawned across Twitter and Facebook so far. Theresa May leads the pack with a Nation-builder website Theresa2016.co.uk capturing email addresses for the all important final membership round. Facebook and Twitter pages complete the digital assets. May already boasts 649 Facebook likes and a whopping 4286 Twitter followers. The other candidates can’t afford to be left behind during the membership rounds…

5 Tory Leadership Candidates Confirmed

Stephen Crabb, Liam Fox, Michael Gove, Andrea Leadsom, and Theresa May. Game on…

Boris Pulls Out

“My friends, you who have waited faithfully for the punchline of this speech. Having consulted colleagues and in view of the circumstances in parliament I have concluded that person cannot be me. My role will be to give every possible support to the next Conservative administration.”

BORXIT!

READ: Gove’s Nomination Papers

Here are Gove’s nomination papers – proposed by Nicky Morgan and seconded by Dominic Raab. Gove is go…

Tory Leadership Declarations Latest

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A lot of names out for Theresa May as she launched her bid this morning, taking her above Boris in our MPs’ declarations spreadsheet.

Expect a lot of those Boris backers to defect to Gove now.

Nicky Morgan isn’t running, she’s backing Gove.

Jeremy Hunt isn’t running, he’s backing May.

Leadsom claimed the support of dozens of unnamed MPs 48 hours ago – remains to be seen whether they will go with her or Gove.

We are the only place where you can get live-updates throughout the day – here

Theresa May Attacks “Showy Politicians”

May didn’t pull her punches during her leadership press conference, humbling herself as “not a showy politician” and explicitly bashing Boris’s negotiation skills:

“Last time he negotiated with Europe, he came back with three nearly new water cannons.”

Stinging…

May: “Brexit Means Brexit”

“First, Brexit means Brexit. The campaign was fought, the vote was held, turnout was high, and the public gave their verdict. There must be no attempts to remain inside the EU, no attempts to rejoin it through the backdoor, and no second referendum. The country voted to leave the European Union, and it is the duty of the government and Parliament to make sure we do just that.”

May is going after Boris votes now…

Gove Standing For Leader

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Gove is withdrawing his support for Boris and standing himself:

The British people voted for change last Thursday. They sent us a clear instruction that they want Britain to leave the European Union and end the supremacy of EU law. They told us to restore democratic control of immigration policy and to spend their money on national priorities such as health, education and science instead of giving it to Brussels.

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Can Michael Gove Make Sarah Happy?

Michael Gove, Member of Parliament

Michael Gove and his columnist wife Sarah Vine are clearly a close couple, today’s email reveals they are political co-conspirators as well. Pictured here on a post-Brexit stroll, the Justice Secretary is definitely sporting more than just a victor’s grin. Is that a post-Brexit plan or is Michael just happy to see Sarah?[…]

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READ: Text of Leaked Sarah Vine Email

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Sky have got hold of an email sent yesterday by Michael Gove’s wife Sarah Vine to Michael and his team, accidentally copied to a member of the public:

Very important that we focus now on the individual obstacles and thoroughly overcome them before moving to the next.

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Liam Fox Running For Leader Tomorrow

A source close to Liam Fox tells Guido he will announce his leadership bid tomorrow. This comes after speculation he was in talks with Theresa May, which is denied by both sides. Of course this could be some snakes and ladders in the hope of being offered a top Cabinet post.[…]

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#ToryLeadership Campaign Update

TORY LEADERSHIP

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This is the state of play as regards public declarations, 111 nominations automatically puts you into the final 2 (one-third of the parliamentary party plus 1). We expect May and Boris to release a lot more names soon, Leadsom seems to be prevaricating.[…]

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Gloves Off: Crabb Goes For Boris

Two direct attacks on Boris by Crabb as he launches his blue-collar Tory leadership bid:

“I was brought up to understand that nothing gets handed to you on a plate. On the rainy rugby fields of west Wales I learnt that it’s not a question of waiting for the ball to pop out of the back of the scrum…

The fact that Stephen Crabb is not a household name.

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Gove Chief Negotiator, Boris-Leadsom Summit, Priti Rumours

John Whittingdale and Liz Truss have joined Dom Raab and George Eustice backing Boris. Johnson is well ahead in Guido’s spreadsheet of public MP declarations and the Sun predicts he has 100 names coming. Michael Gove met with some 20 MPs last night to discuss how to convince wavering Leavers to endorse BoJo.[…]

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Boris and May Neck and Neck

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This is the much awaited Conservative Home poll of party members – Boris and T-May are neck and neck. May’s allies are confident she can win with the members. But Boris has the personality and was the hero of Brexit…[…]

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