Leadsom’s Old Blog a Little Old School

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. In one blogpost she expresses her discomfort at gay adoption:

“There’s a truly unbelievable story in the paper today, that a young brother and sister… have been turned down for adoption by their own grandparents… If that weren’t enough, the siblings are now to be adopted by two complete strangers against the wishes of the grandparents… And as if that weren’t enough, the two strangers are a gay couple, who have been selected ahead of several heterosexual couples.”

In another post Leadsom rails against political correctness, writing:

“I’m sick and tired of political correctness… I don’t want my daughter to be taught by a woman with a veil covering her face. What’s wrong with wanting to communicate face to face?”

In this well-intentioned article condemning racism, she uses the old-fashioned phrase “coloured people”.

“During my campaign, I had come across a small number of (mostly) young men, who had strongly racist views. They told me they would only vote for a party that was willing to get rid of black and coloured people from this country. What struck me as strange is that they weren’t bothered about the thousands of white Europeans arriving from Central and Eastern Europe”

Expect her enemies to use this as ammo, suspect Andrea will not be harmed with this electorate…

ConHome Poll Shows Neck and Neck Race

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Andrea Leadsom and Theresa May were tied in ConservativeHomemost recent self-selecting leadership poll. While Leadsom has largely replaced Boris in the previous week’s poll, Gove lags, just ahead of Fox (previously tied with Leadsom for third) into fifth place. Guido suspects the next leader of the Tories is going to be a woman…

Leadsom in Second Place

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At Monday lunchtime Andrea Leadsom is firmly in second place on public declarations. She’s been endorsed by Theresa Villiers and has secured more names on the older Tory right – James Gray had been down as a Fox supporter but has switched allegiance, Redwood and Rosindell are also backing her. Curious to see Remain campaigner Dan Poulter endorsing Leadsom. Makes you wonder about those ‘May supporters backing rivals‘ rumours…

Readers should know that Guido’s is the only list recording confirmed public declarations – rival lists contain unconfirmed speculation, much of which has been denied to Guido by MPs and the campaign teams. That isn’t a criticism – in the game of snakes n’ leaders some MPs will inevitably privately tell several candidates they have their support, or refuse to publicly declare. A public promise is worth far more…

View our spreadsheet here.

Gove Goes Commando and Demands “Nubile Young Girl” Inspects Him

Guido has unearthed footage that will surely send shockwaves through the Tory leadership election. A 20 year-old kilt-wearing Gover stood up at the Oxford Union, removed his boxer shorts and demanded a  “nubile young girl” checks whether or not he is wearing a “diamond-studded leather posing pouch”. We’ve all done it.

Andrea’s “Journey” From Remainer to Brexiteer

Andrea Leadsom’s first test in a major one-on-one interview was bumpy – she admitted she used to be a Remainer, wouldn’t rule out giving Farage a job and was unprepared for questions about her taxes. In 2013 she said “I’m going to nail my colours to the mast here. I don’t think the UK should leave the EU. I think it would be a disaster for the economy”. If Stronger In had been half competent this would have come out during a referendum TV debate…

Gove was then beaten up by Marr for betraying Boris. Marr told him he should have driven across London and told his friend in person rather than “humiliating him publicly”Box office but not much in the way of questions about his pitch to voters.

Theresa May gave a very scripted set of answers to Peston. She optimistically said Tory members are not looking for a “Brexit Prime Minister”. The Remain Home Secretary who oversaw the failure to meet immigration targets then claimed there was no “silver bullet” to control numbers. Stephen Crabb is probably giving an interview somewhere later.

Via via @liarpoliticians

May Supporters’ Plot to Keep Gove Off Ballot

Rumours are doing the rounds that several as yet undeclared Theresa May supporters are considering endorsing Andrea Leadsom in order to keep Michael Gove off the ballot. With less than half of the parliamentary party openly declared, May currently has 87 MPs publicly backing her and many more supporters yet to declare – she is absolutely nailed on to make the final two.

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Her allies are allegedly now pushing her right-wing Leave backers over to Leadsom, with the aim that Andrea gets the numbers to beat Gove to the ballot. This would make sense as a calculated piece of election skullduggery – May’s friends know the membership is unlikely to choose Andrea over Theresa, Gove is the high-profile Brexit candidate they want to keep off the ballot. Snakes ‘n ladders…

Gove Moves Ahead of Leadsom in Public Declarations

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Gove is now ahead of Leadsom in public MP declarations – John Whittingdale, Shailesh Vara, Henry Bellingham, Bob Neill, Suella Fernandes, John Hayes and former top leadership contender Adam Afriyie have all endorsed him this afternoon. As of 4 pm the Gover is in third place with MPs who have gone public, with Andrea in fourth. There are unconfirmed rumours that right-wing Leavers Peter Lilley, Bill Cash and John Redwood will back Leadsom. 142 Tory MPs have declared so far, others are aligned but staying quiet…

See Guido’s spreadsheet in full here.

Top Boris Ally Threatens to Chop Off Gove’s Willy

Michael Gove’s new nickname in parliament is ‘Kingslayer’ – a reference to the ruthless Game of Thrones character Jaime Lannister. GoT fan Gove told a press conference earlier he can’t say which character he most resembles because he doesn’t want to give any spoilers. Boris team member Ben Wallace has a suggestion:

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SPOILER ALERT: In GoT, Theon Greyjoy ends up having his penis severed by an enemy. Squeamish readers look away now:

Hopefully that will be the second and last story about Michael Gove’s manhood this week.

Arron Banks Keen to Bankroll Leadsom Campaign

UKIP donor Arron Banks’ spokesman says he is keen to help out Andrea Leadsom’s leadership campaign in any way possible, including financially. This morning Banks’ Leave.EU group endorsed Andrea after internal polling showed she was their supporters’ choice. Both Tory and Labour Leave.EU supporters say Andrea is their favourite – 30 plus Leave MPs are expected to back her too. […]

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Gove: I am the Brexit Candidate

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Blundering Boris’ Botched Andrea Offers

At 6 pm on Tuesday Boris met Andrea Leadsom for a ten minute one-on-one discussion in her office. He tried to convince her to join his ticket by offering her Business Secretary and an EU negotiating role. She rejected it out of hand, insisting she would only take Chancellor.[…]

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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.

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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.[…]

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5 Tory Leadership Candidates Confirmed

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

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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![…]

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READ: Gove’s Nomination Papers

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

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