Boris on His First Day as Foreign Secretary

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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…

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!

Gove Chief Negotiator, Boris-Leadsom Summit, Priti Rumours

John Whittingdale and Liz Truss have joined Dom Raab and George Eustice backing Boris. Johnson is well ahead in Guido’s spreadsheet of public MP declarations and the Sun predicts he has 100 names coming. Michael Gove met with some 20 MPs last night to discuss how to convince wavering Leavers to endorse BoJo. Stressing Gove’s expected role as the chief EU negotiator should help reassure apprehensive Outers that Brexit will be delivered…

Andrea Leadsom has the tentative support of up to 60 Leave MPs if she runs. A group of them met in her office yesterday. At 6 pm Boris turned up and the MPs left, Johnson and Leadsom then had a ten minute one-on-one summit to try to agree terms of her joining the ticket. No deal was reached, Andrea is playing hardball and has also had talks with Theresa May’s team…

Theresa May has only eight MPs publicly backing her on Guido’s spreadsheet. The private number is much higher – several Leave MPs have told Guido they are considering endorsing her and she expects to clean up a lot of the payroll vote. Smoothie George Hollingberry has been hitting the phones on her behalf with some success. Her team have been working hard and should get in touch ASAP with more names. 

‘Crabbid’ had a flurry of backers come out for their joint ticket yesterday, more are promised following a drinks party last night. Liam Fox is expected to announce his bid tomorrow with the support of 20 plus MPs, unless someone manages to square him off quickly with a Cabinet post offer. There were widespread rumours yesterday that Priti Patel was considering u-turning and mounting a bid, though she is still expected to take a well deserved top job with Boris. Johnson is the early leader…

Leadsom Waiting For Boris to Offer Her Chancellor

Boris’ Telegraph column in which he appeared to endorse free movement has left him with work to do to convince Leave MPs he will deliver on Brexit. Today his allies are insisting he would end free movement. But some unconvinced Leave MPs are encouraging Andrea Leadsom to stand as the ‘true Brexit candidate’. As of 5pm this afternoon Leadsom hasn’t decided if she’s running – she is waiting to see whether Boris will offer her Chancellor. There are advantages to this for both sides: it would assuage concerns among Leavers about whether a Boris government would deliver on Brexit. It is also probably more realistic for Andrea than winning the leadership herself. Will an overture be made or will Andrea confirm she is standing?

Project Fear Over

Boris praises statements from Carney and Osborne…

“Clear that Project Fear is now over.”

Guido’s Referendum Best Bits

Relive all your favourite bits from the referendum in one handy video. Let’s hope we can add an alternative ending tomorrow… 

Boris Looks Forward to Independence Day

“If we stand up for democracy, we’ll be sticking up for hundreds of millions of people around Europe who agree with us, who currently have no voice. And if we vote leave, and take back control, I believe that this Thursday will be our countries independence day.” Boris saves the best line until last…

Friday Caption Contest (Claw Back Control Edition)

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Rich’s Monday Morning View

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Campaign Report: 13 Days to Go

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 9: (NO ARCHIVE AFTER JUNE 30, 2016) In this handout image provided by ITV, Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson argues for Britain to leave the EU during The ITV Referendum Debate on June 9, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. During the two hour long live debate participants answered questions posed by the audience. Nicola Sturgeon, Angela Eagle and Amber Rudd argued for staying in the EU, whilst Boris Johnson, Andrea Leadsom and Gisela Stuarttake argued for leaving the EU. (Photo by Matt Frost/ITV via Getty Images)

Leave message: John Mann: We can create a more equal society if we Leave.

Remain message: Remain makes travel easier/cheaper.

Cut through: Boris interested in power, not Brexit.

Leave social media count: 474,264 likes, 56,624 followers.

Remain social media count: 465,727 likes, 36,696 followers.

Odds: Remain 1/3, Leave 14/5

Latest poll: Remain 43% (+2), Leave 42% (-3) (YouGove, online). Poll of Polls is now Remain 51%, Leave 49%.

Friday Caption Contest (High Stakes Edition)

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ITV Debate Vote Leave Highlights

Vote Leave’s best bits from last night. Particularly strong closing statement from Boris…

Friday Caption Contest (Leadership Contest Begins Edition)

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Voting Leave Does Make Food Cheaper

Boris has proved the Remain spin on food prices is bull – by selling a cow. The neo-Whig MP (only bovine experts will get that one) tried to get the best price he cud for the “beautiful milker”. As the specimen was a dairy Frisian heifer, the owner will be udderly disappointed BoJo only got £960, £110 less than the market price. Proof Leave lowers food prices…

Campaign Report: 22 Days to Go

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Leave message: £50,000,000 gamification from Vote Leave.

Remain message: EU will create 100,000 future jobs.

Cut through: Australian points based immigration system if we Leave.

Leave social media count: 439,356 likes, 48,785 followers.

Remain social media count: 444,703 likes, 32,285 followers.

Odds: Remain 1/3, Leave between 14/5 & 3/1

Latest poll: Remain 41%, Leave 41% (YouGov, phone). Poll of Polls is now Remain 51% (-1), Leave 49%.

Gove Leads With ConHome Readers

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Another boost for those who want to see Gove as Deputy PM – once again he is the firm leadership frontrunner among ConHome readers, eight points ahead of Boris. Gove has led the field for three consecutive months. That said BoJo has had a good month, rising 8 points. May is the highest scoring Remainer, Osborne and Saj are languishing again…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

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Campaign Report: 27 Days to Go

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Leave message: Take back control over immigration.

Remain message: Sadiq Khan says Europe means jobs.

Cut through: Immigration figures show a huge rise in EU migration – particularly from Romania and Bulgaria.

Leave social media count: 416,091 likes, 46,121 followers.

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