Leadsom in Second Place

TORY LEADERSHIP monday 4 july

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…

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Quote of the Day

No prizes for guessing who Andrea Leadsom is talking about:

“As you said last week, Mr Speaker, we have a responsibility to safeguard the rights of this House and as Leader of the House I seek to do exactly that, treating all members of parliament with courtesy and respect. I hope and expect all Honourable and Right Honourable members to do likewise.”

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