Cameron’s Last Laugh Over May, Labour, and Watson

An email from “Judith” over Tom Watson’s threats to the Labour leadership poses a particular highlight in Cameron’s last PMQs against Corbyn. The buoyant PM looks raring to go…

Cameron’s Empty Schedule

“Other than one meeting this afternoon, the diary for the rest of my day is remarkably light.” Classy…

Ruth Davidson’s Lobby Lunch

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Ruth Davidson didn’t spare Leadsom or Brexiteers at today’s lobby lunch:

The top Tory Scot left no Brexiteer safe, taking a pop at the member for Uxbridge’s recent departure from front line politics:

After the room broke up into laughter she said “Sorry that’s not even my speech, that’s just a text from Stephen Crabb….”. She did eventually take a pop at the opposition, calling Corbyn “comical Ali”:

As well as her own opposition in Holyrood:

Davidson also revealed why she was so pro-Remain – love:


And let’s not forget her words for the press:

Letting off some steam, Ruth?

H/T the lobby

Prime Minister Elect Addresses the Nation

“We need a strong, new positive vision for the future of our country. A vision of a country that works not for the privileged few, but that works for everyone of us, because we’re going to give people more control over their lives. And that’s how, together, we will build a better Britain.” She says Brexit means Brexit, there can be no going back from that statement from our new Remain prime minister. Remember those words…

Brady Signals May Coronation

1922 chair Graham Brady says he has to consult with the party board before Theresa May is confirmed as the new leader. Gove is not going to stand against her:

“Andrea Leadsom spoke with great dignity and courage today. I wish her every success in the future. We should now move as quickly as possible to ensure Theresa May can take over as leader. She has my full support as our next Prime Minister.”

Boris agrees:

“Theresa May will provide the authority and the leadership necessary to unite the Conservative Party and take the country forward.”

Good afternoon Prime Minister May…

CONFIRMED: Leadsom Pulls Out

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As of 11:32am this is unconfirmed – sources say Andrea Leadsom is pulling out. She had been genuinely shattered by the motherhood row over the weekend. A statement is coming at noon…

UPDATE 12:13pm: Confirmed, she’s out. You read it here first.

LISTEN: Partial Times Audio Excerpt

The Times have released a partial excerpt audio recording of the key part of Andrea Leadsom’s interview with Rachel Sylvester:

Rachel Sylvester: “Does your family inform your politics? Do you think motherhood – I thought it was very interesting during the debates you several times said, as a mum. Do you feel like a mum in politics?”

Andrea Leadsom: “Yes. Really carefully because I am sure Theresa will be really sad she doesn’t have children so I don’t want this to be ‘Andrea has children, Theresa hasn’t’, do you know what I mean? Because I think that would be really horrible. But genuinely I feel that being a mum means you have a very real stake in the future of our country, a tangible stake. She possibly has nieces, nephews, lots of people, but I have children who are going to have children who will directly be a part of what happens next.”

In Andrea’s defence, Sylvester brought up the subject of motherhood and asked the question about her being a mum. Suggestions from the Twitter outrage bus that this was a Trumpian ploy are way over the top. Leadsom’s horror at the Times headline “Being a mother gives me edge on May” is genuine. It was naive rather than nasty…

FLASHBACK: Leadsom Grills Bob Diamond in 2012

Sky’s Faisal Islam has dug out this video of Andrea Leadsom forensically grilling Bob Diamond at the Treasury select committee in 2012. She may well have given her CV a bit of a gloss. But no one can deny she knows her stuff…

How the Husbands Measure Up

Philip John May (above left)

Age: Something of a toy boy, 58 year-old Philip is a year younger than Theresa, and was two years below her at Oxford!

Job: A banker for nearly four decades, he works at Capital International. This won’t be the last you hear of Philip’s investment firm during the next two months.[…]

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It’s May v Leadsom

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Theresa May: 199

Andrea Leadsom: 84

Michael Gove: 46

So much for the tactical voting speculation. The next PM will be a woman…[…]

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Theresa May Hires Remain Campaign Chief

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Theresa May has hired a leading Remain campaigner to work on her Tory leadership bid. Alison Griffiths says she will be May’s Director of Operations, fresh out of her role as Chief Operating Officer for the doomed Conservatives In. On her CV Griffiths says she was “COO of The Prime Minister’s campaign for the UK to vote to Remain in the European Union”, hardly something to boast about.[…]

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Leadsom For Leader March on Parliament

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Andrea’s CV Mis-Lead Some

Andrea Leadsom has released her CV in an attempt to dispel claims she exaggerated her City career. Leadsom today says that she was a “Deputy Financial Institutions Director” at Barclays. Yet the CV she submitted when she was a Tory candidate in 2005 claimed she was the boss – the “Financial Institutions Director, managing team of 30”, not the deputy.[…]

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POLL: Did Theresa May Drop Off?

Dozens and dozens of tweeters are claiming Theresa May was battling to stay awake during Dave’s statement on Chilcot. Readers can watch and make up their own minds in our poll.

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It has been a knackering few weeks…[…]

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Tory Public Declarations Latest

TORY LEADERSHIP

Theresa May won 165 votes yesterday but has only 118 supporters publicly declared. This means she has around 50 spare backers whom her rivals fear she will employ tactically in order to guarantee her preferred opponent makes the ballot. Naturally Team TM deny they will gerrymander the vote.[…]

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Mordaunt Attacks “Bogus” Leadsom Claims, Defends “Stellar” City CV

Andrea Leadsom has admitted making “misleading” claims about her City career to today’s Times, following up a story questioning her credentials on Iain Martin’s new site Reaction. Andrea’s campaign chief Penny Mordaunt has just been on the Today programme attacking the article as “bogus” and insisting she had a “stellar” banking career.[…]

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