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…
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