“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…
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.”
“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…
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.
CONFIRMED: Leadsom pulls out pic.twitter.com/oXSLSJbs3p
— Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) July 11, 2016
Leadsom wishes May the greatest success pic.twitter.com/IMu0RDgB2w
— Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) July 11, 2016
— The Times of London (@thetimes) July 9, 2016
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…
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.
How did they meet? You all know this one – introduced by Benazir Bhutto at a student disco of course!
What he says about her: Asked if Theresa used to be a corker, Philip says: “Was? She still is!”
Cheeky fact: Philip convinced Theresa to take part in a debate on why “sex is great” at Oxford.
Strengths: He’s a savvy chap, in the last few days he’s deleted his LinkedIn page.
Weaknesses: Victim of a wacky online conspiracy theory involving Philip and G4S which could’ve been shut down sooner.
What others say: Friends once remarked: “There is no jealousy there as you might sometimes get. Not an iota of that, on the contrary. Denis minus the drinks cabinet.”
Ben Leadsom (above right)
Age: Flaxen-haired Ben hits 50 this month, three years younger than Andrea!
Job: Holds 16 company directorships, house husband.
How did they meet? The City, natch.
What he says about her: “Andy” is Ben’s affectionate nickname for Andrea – well she does wear the trousers!
Cheeky fact: A keen dancer, Ben once entered Strictly Come Towcester, wearing a quite spectacular Union Jack waistcoat.
Strengths: Managed to win Andrea’s heart ahead of love rivals allegedly including her campaign manager Tim Loughton!
Weaknesses: Reported as having received offshore loans, though insists it was nothing to do with tax.
What others say: Andrea admits that more often than not she ends up “leaving Ben to deal with the mess, the noise, the chaos” at home.
So who will be our second First Husband?
Theresa May: 199
Andrea Leadsom: 84
Michael Gove: 46
So much for the tactical voting speculation. The next PM will be a woman…
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. Griffith’s Conservatives In colleague Charlotte Vere, who was the group’s executive director, is also backing May. Will this convince the membership of May’s commitment to deliver on Brexit?
UPDATE: Theresa May’s team say Griffiths has a “junior role” and stress that their ground war will be run by Stephen Parkinson, formerly of Vote Leave.
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.[…]
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.[…]
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.[…]
First round results in full:
Theresa May: 165
Andrea Leadsom: 66
Michael Gove: 48
Stephen Crabb: 34
Liam Fox: 16
No surprises. Fox out.
May says “I am pleased with this result”, Leadsom allies say the result is “excellent“, Team Gove say: “we’re in business”.[…]
Twitter lefties and Lobby hacks are trawling through Andrea Leadsom’s old blog written back before she was an MP. Expect to see her musings taken out of context and spun for the worst possible headline. Guido has had a look himself – she comes over as well-meaning but a little old school.[…]