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

Jo Swinson on Chris Rennard…

“Vince — and Tim before him — have repeatedly, publicly said Rennard is not welcome anywhere near their frontbench team, even as an adviser. I remain deeply frustrated that he was not expelled from the party through its disciplinary process. It just feels wrong, and I do not want Lord Rennard to continue as a member of the party. As far as I am concerned, he is not welcome.”

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