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…

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. 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.

Leadsom For Leader March on Parliament

With hindsight this was perhaps not such a good idea.

Vids via Jim Waterson, Jason Farrell and Arj Singh.

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. Some interesting quotes from unnamed bankers in there too. Guido this morning asked Andrea’s team to help clear it up – no answer yet. To be fair, this isn’t creativity of Mak-ian proportions either. C’mon, who hasn’t given their CV a little gloss ahead of a big job interview…

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…

Tory Public Declarations Latest

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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.

Two Fox supporters – David Nuttall and Edward Leigh – have publicly jumped over to Leadsom. Another – Robert Syms – has gone to May. Gove will be working hard stressing his liberal credentials to Crabb backers. The bookies are now offering near enough the same odds for a May-Gove ballot as a May-Leadsom…

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. This isn’t the first time an ambitious Tory has been accused of talking up their City CV – remember Sajid Javid last year. Leadsom’s main obstacle is clearly going to be questions over her experience. Guido fact: she has more actual ministerial experience than David Cameron did before he became Tory leader…

Crabb Pulls Out

Crabb pulls out and endorses May.

Fox is backing May too.

Gove says he’s staying in.

And then there were three – sudden death for second place on Thursday…

First Round Results: Fox Out, Leadsom Second

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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”.[…]

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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.[…]

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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. […]

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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.[…]

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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”.[…]

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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.[…]

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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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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. […]

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