Over the course of the past weekend, Andrea Leadsom has come under fire for her comments on having children. Such media scrutiny has proved too much for Leadsom as she announced her withdrawal from the Tory leadership campaign. With this leaving Theresa May as the only candidate for Prime Minister and Conservative party leader, what will happen next? Joining Isabel Hardman for Coffee House shots today is Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth.
On the podcast, James Forsyth describes how Andrea Leadsom lost her confidence in the contest:
‘Most of the people who’d voted for Michael Gove were moving over to the Theresa May camp, so she really would have been quite an isolated figure leading the party. I think the other problem is that she simply wasn’t ready for the level of scrutiny and exposure. She had been a junior minister for two years; that does not prepare you for the level of interest that is taken in you when you are one vote away from No 10.’
But Fraser Nelson is cynical about Theresa May’s competence and her policies:
‘We know hardly anything about her views on economics, about her interpretation of Brexit. She keeps saying ‘Brexit means Brexit’ – there are so many different forms of Brexit. My great concern is that she ends up implementing a very cold-hearted version of Brexit, consistent with that caricatured by the Remain side in the referendum.’