Gizza Job Bozza (Harper Edition)

As the leadership race draws to a close (less than a week to go now) MPs have started to follow in Amber Rudd’s footsteps and more openly pitch for Cabinet jobs. The most blatant of which being Mark Harper this morning…

After his brief leadership pitch, the former Chief Whip is clearly looking to get back into the Cabinet, clearly aiming for the low hanging fruit role of Northern Ireland Secretary. Few want it and the incumbent is sure to be one of the first out the door…

Harper is also following in the video footsteps of Liz Truss who made a slightly more subtle pitch at the start of the month focusing on business. She’s now widely tipped to lead a souped up Business department. #LizForBiz

We’ll start finding out if these pitches are successful in just a week’s time…

mdi-timer 17th July 2019 @ 3:57 pm 17th Jul 2019 @ 3:57 pm mdi-comment Comments
Rory Stewart Jumps to Second Place With Tory Members

Looks like Rory Stewart’s ‘unique’ style of campaigning hasn’t done him too much harm, he’s managed an improbable jump into second place in the latest ConHome leadership survey. He’s still going to need at least another eight votes if the fun is going to continue. He tells The Sun he is still “one or two votes short”…

Raab and Gove have both been pushed down a place and fall under 10% for the first time in months, Hunt has closed the gap slightly while the Saj has managed to put a bit of distance between himself and the remaining candidates. Hancock looks to have cleared the 16-vote bar with George Freeman’s switch from Gove yesterday, the other three all have work to do. The membership won’t be too distraught either way, it’s just 2% for McVey and Leadsom while Hancock and Harper don’t even muster 1%…

It’s all a bit academic anyway, these are all molehills compared to Boris Johnson’s towering peak – breaking the 50% mark for the first time. His smooth launch yesterday failed to offer any kind of gamechanging gaffe his rivals need to dent his imposing lead. It’s increasingly starting to look like a race for second place…

mdi-timer 13th June 2019 @ 9:01 am 13th Jun 2019 @ 9:01 am mdi-comment Comments
Mark Harper Launches Corbyn Attack Video

Mark Harper has released a new campaign video employing the novel tactic of attacking the Tories’ opposition rather than his rival candidates. The back-to-back compilation of Corbyn snarling at journalists is reminiscent of punchy CCHQ attack ads of old. Guido hears former CCHQ and Vote Leave staffer Joseph Baum may have had a hand in it…

Team Harper are pleased with how his campaign has gone so far – Harper’s big pitch here is that he’s the only candidate to have actually won a seat off Labour. He’ll still need a big surge of support if he’s going to stay in the race for any significant length of time…

mdi-timer 12th June 2019 @ 10:30 am 12th Jun 2019 @ 10:30 am mdi-comment Comments
Harper-Leadsom Leadership Negotiations

Tory leadership watchers have been buried under an avalanche of leadership launches today. Gove is launching this afternoon, Hancock kicked off this morning, while Raab launched in the same building as Hancock but at the same time as Hunt. Hunt sportingly delayed by a few minutes but then ended up running into Esther McVey’s abruptly interrupted launch. Nightmare…

Guido can reveal that the Leadsom and Harper campaigns faced an even bigger problem – they managed to book their launches at exactly the same time in exactly the same building, just on different floors. Advisers from both teams clocked the clash over the weekend…

In a twist, Team Harper’s Emma Barr and Team Leadsom’s Lucia Hodgson managed to successfully negotiate with each other to move the events forward and back by half an hour each meaning journalists can go from one to the other without missing anything. Showing off their negotiating skills ahead of any clashes with Michel Barnier…

mdi-timer 10th June 2019 @ 1:02 pm 10th Jun 2019 @ 1:02 pm mdi-comment Comments
Mark Harper Launches Campaign Website

Underdog contender and former Chief Whip Mark Harper is pushing ahead with his leadership campaign. Despite Guido’s list of public declarations showing him still being two MPs away from securing a place in the race, his team are adamant in private that he has the numbers to secure the new higher threshold for nomination. Today he is launching his flashy new campaign website

The website accompanies the launch video Harper released last week. Currently in seventh place behind Matt Hancock, he’s not last but has quite a way to go…

mdi-timer 5th June 2019 @ 10:29 am 5th Jun 2019 @ 10:29 am mdi-comment Comments
Mark Harper Overtakes McVey, Cleverly and Rory Stewart

Mark Harper’s entry makes it a dozen Tory MPs entered in the race, he announced his bid with a Telegraph interview this morning. Tories are braced for further launches from Priti Patel and Penny Mordaunt, in a very crowded field…

Harper’s USP is a Shaggy-style “it wasn’t me” pitch – his angle is that he’s untainted by the chaos of the last three years as the only candidate not to have served in Theresa May’s Government. He was David Cameron’s final chief whip, generally winning respect from MPs for his even-handed treatment of both sides during the referendum. He’s one of the few former chief whips to actually be liked by his colleagues…

Harper backed Remain before the referendum but has been pro-Brexit since, he voted against MV1 and MV2, although he’s already opened the door to an extension beyond October. By Guido’s count Harper currently has six MP backers, three Leavers in Will Wragg, Steve Double and Scott Mann, and three Remainers in Luke Hall, David Evenett and Jackie Doyle-Price which jumps him ahead of several more high-profile candidates including James Cleverly, Esther McVey and Rory Stewart. Still he’s got a long way to go if he’s going to make it anywhere near the sharp end of the contest…

View the full list here: order-order.com/backers

Get in touch with any updates…

mdi-timer 31st May 2019 @ 10:48 am 31st May 2019 @ 10:48 am mdi-comment Comments
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