Is Jesse Norman standing for the Tory leadership? The Conservative MP has just taken to Twitter to provide an answer. But unfortunately 33 tweets later we are no closer to finding out. Norman wrote:
‘In recent days I’ve been asked a lot if I would stand for Leader of the Conservative Party. It’s already a crowded field, and my reply has been that the views of my constituents, party members and colleagues should shape that decision, and I will carefully consult among them’
So is it a ‘yes’ or ‘no’? Norman followed that tweet up with thoughts on the nature of ‘true conservatism’, Burke, Disraeli and Baldwin. But when it came to a simple answer to the question of whether Norman would be the latest to throw his hat into the ring to replace Theresa May, there was nothing to be seen.
To make matters worse for Norman, his Twitter thread broke half-way through, making for a nervous wait for Mr S to hear whether Norman would – or wouldn’t – be running. Mr S. thought Twitter was about keeping things short…
For those with the time, here is the full thread: