Tory leadership contest 2019

Boris Johnson’s planning for government

13 July 2019 10:38

Boris Johnson had been refusing to engage with the question of Cabinet appointments and the like until he was through…

Boris Johnson struggles through interview with Andrew Neil

12 July 2019 20:31

Boris Johnson just faced by far his toughest interview of the campaign. He was pressed hard on Brexit, Kim Darroch’s…

Six of the biggest gaffes from the Tory leadership contest

12 July 2019 17:05

The Tory leadership contest reaches its high point tonight as Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt sit down for one-on-one interviews…

A feisty debate, but no game changing moment

9 July 2019 21:36

Tonight’s debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt was a feisty affair. The pair clashed repeatedly over the October 31st…

Boris Johnson must remember: In victory, magnanimity

6 July 2019 10:54

With the ballot papers out, the next few days will be crucial in the Tory leadership election. As I say…

Jeremy Hunt’s foolish no-deal promise

1 July 2019 14:11

As Jeremy Hunt has repeatedly claimed during the Conservative leadership campaign, to set a deadline of 31 October for leaving…

Boris Johnson will make us long for Theresa May’s return

28 June 2019 6:00

He just will not do. Sexual incontinence alone should not disqualify Boris from the premiership, though it is hardly an…

Boris’s campaign is a triumph

27 June 2019 17:04

Forget what you’ve been told about the Conservative leadership campaign. The Boris campaign’s weekend meltdown has not lost him the election. And…

Why neither Boris nor Hunt can stop a no-deal Brexit

26 June 2019 15:37

There is a lot of confusion about Boris Johnson’s approach to Brexit. And that is deliberate because the candidate has yet…

The flaw in Jeremy Hunt’s Brexit plan

26 June 2019 13:45

Jeremy Hunt’s case to be Conservative leader is that he is the sensible, low-risk option. While Boris is now committed…

What Rory Stewart did next

26 June 2019 12:18

Rory Stewart’s pitch for prime minister seems strangely distant now, lost in the enveloping chaos of Boris Johnston’s shamble to…

Why Tories are hooked on Boris Johnson

25 June 2019 16:45

Modern politicians are like drug dealers intent on keeping their clients’ hooked. They sell fixes to their core voters: upping…

Hunt preys on Boris’s wobble

24 June 2019 13:13

Jeremy Hunt is proving to be a more aggressive rival than many in the Boris Johnson campaign expected. Shortly before…

Dear Mary: what do you do if you spill red wine on a sofa?

23 June 2019 15:49

No matter how much you loved Boris you would find it maddening if he spilled red wine on your sofa. …

How Boris Johnson intends to approach the next stage of the Tory leadership contest

20 June 2019 21:08

There was a huge cheer in Boris Johnson’s office when it was announced that Jeremy Hunt had 77 votes, sending…

Javid knocked out as Gove moves into second place

20 June 2019 13:32

Sajid Javid has been eliminated from the Tory leadership race. He came bottom of the fourth ballot with 34 votes,…

Who will face Boris in the final stage of the Tory leadership contest?

19 June 2019 11:20

This is my scenario for how the last two days of the MPs’ stage of the Tory leadership ballot will…

A cacophony of a leadership debate

18 June 2019 22:17

Boris Johnson’s warning that the televised Tory leadership hustings would be a ‘cacophony’ was proved correct this evening when the…

Boris Johnson didn’t implode in the BBC debate. So for him, it’s a win

18 June 2019 21:16

I’m not sure we learned terribly much this from the rather noisy BBC debate this evening. Each Tory candidate had…

Ivan Rogers: no deal is now the most likely Brexit outcome

18 June 2019 17:42

We all know this is a great country. Sadly, it’s one currently very poorly led by a political elite, some…