Gove Moves Ahead of Leadsom in Public Declarations

TORY LEADERSHIP

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. Banks’ team quickly released the above graphic and promise further online posters in their inimitable style. Worth noting Leadsom and her husband have money of their own so may not need a bankroller. Though Leave.EU will be telling their million plus social media followers to back Leadsom. She may want to ask them to tone down those ISIS / Orlando / Kalashnikov posters from the referendum campaign…

UPDATE:

Gove: I am the Brexit Candidate

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. At that point there was no intention whatsoever from Team Boris of offering the hitherto junior figure such a key role. In the 24 hours that followed there was incredulity that Johnson would offer her BIS, since whoever is in charge of that department will have the CBI breathing down their neck and have their negotiating role kneecapped. Boris never made Andrea a better offer…

Today’s Sun reports Boris eventually attempted to offer Andrea the Chancellor job on Wednesday:

“He wrote it in a handwritten letter to give her at the Hurlingham party on Wednesday.

“The note was given to Nick Boles to pass to her, but she never received it — he said he would give it to her and he never did.”

The Sun can reveal the note read “Dear Andrea, Delighted that you’re in our top 3, Yours Boris.”

The House of Cards theory is that Boles deliberately didn’t give Leadsom the letter to destroy Boris. Boles told The Sun that it was Boris who had forgotten to give him the letter to give to Andrea. From clusterf**k to f**kageddon…

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![…]

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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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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.[…]

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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…[…]

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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.

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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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