Tory leadership contest 2019

Sajid Javid: send me into the final two and I’ll “make a better Boris”

17 June 2019 20:04

At the hustings held by the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs this evening, the question wasn’t who was going…

Why the TV debates could break Rory Stewart’s momentum

17 June 2019 15:33

With Boris Johnson having all but booked his place in the final two, the most interesting question of the Tory…

Rory Stewart is all style and no substance

17 June 2019 13:04

Ever since Tony Blair appeared on the scene I have found it hard to avoid watching an up-and-coming politician without…

Matt Hancock: why I’m backing Boris

16 June 2019 21:15

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, dropped out of the leadership race last week and had been mulling whether to support…

Three things the next Tory leader needs to know about Brexit

14 June 2019 13:08

And then there were six. The Conservative leadership contest already feels interminable – and, let’s face it, it’s been going…

The two biggest threats to Boris’s leadership bid

13 June 2019 16:28

Now the real shenanigans begin. Boris Johnson will – barring a disaster of Johnsonian scale – be on the ballot…

Boris’s burka gag didn’t ‘bring shame’ on the Tories

13 June 2019 14:59

Critics of Boris Johnson were quick to seize on the fact that when Beth Rigby, the political editor of Sky…

Boris-onomics is what Britain needs

12 June 2019 14:20

A few jokes. A sprinkling of tax cuts. A few more jokes. A couple of flashy new buildings. And then…

Gove, Javid and the uses of backstory

11 June 2019 16:36

Michael Gove’s launch was, easily, the strongest of any candidate yesterday and he deserves the plaudits he’s getting now. Even…

The downside of Mark Harper’s ‘Ask Me Anything’ approach

11 June 2019 13:00

One of the major problems facing the less well-known Tory leadership contenders is this: how do you stand out to…

Michael Gove’s plan to scrap VAT is a big mistake

11 June 2019 11:54

When I read about Michael Gove’s plans to abolish VAT and replace it with a US-style Sales Tax, I thought: “Is…

Rory Stewart is reassuringly bonkers

11 June 2019 10:36

Brexit is both the cause of the Tory leadership contest – it was too much for Theresa May – and…

If Boris’s supporters don’t trust him, why should the rest of us?

10 June 2019 16:38

Is this the best the Conservative and Unionist party can do? Really? The extraordinary thing about Boris Johnson’s campaign to…

Can Matt Hancock be trusted on Brexit?

10 June 2019 11:02

What does Matt Hancock offer the Conservative party? He’s a former Remainer who has stayed loyal in Theresa May’s Cabinet…

Could the Tory leadership race end early?

8 June 2019 10:22

The Tory leadership is fast becoming Boris Johnson’s to lose, I say in The Sun this morning. He has more…

Gove pitches himself as the liberal candidate in the Tory leadership race

5 June 2019 21:12

Michael Gove’s positioning in the Tory leadership race became clearer last night. In conversation with Fraser Nelson at a Spectator…

How the Boris bounce can help the Tories

5 June 2019 10:34

Tim Bell has written to all Tory MPs urging them to back Boris Johnson in the Tory leadership contest. Here…

Why Tories should think carefully before backing Boris

5 June 2019 6:41

In my old job as an investment banker, there were two schools of thought about how to get the best…

Why the Brexit Party might be wise to form a pact with the Tories

3 June 2019 17:32

The no-deal Catch 22 for the Tories is well-established, bringing comfort to those who oppose no-deal (and Brexit) and worry…

In praise of Matt Hancock’s Brexit plan

3 June 2019 10:01

Matt Hancock is the youngest of the candidates running to be Conservative leader but he’s starting to look like the…