Reservoir Tories, who’s next…?

Ah, looks like it’s Andrea Leadsom. Upon Stephen Crabb’s unexpected defection (followed now by Liam Fox) to Theresa May it looks like it may trigger a landslide for the present Home Secretary: leaving Leadsom (not yet sufficiently ‘one of us’) little chance of making it through to the Tory Membership. 

[Do you think the Tory party have been watching the Labour Party Panto – Ed]. I couldn’t possibly comment. We’ll have to wait to the bitter end to confirm. 

  • terence patrick hewett

    Au Reservoir Tories.

  • Chingford Man

    It’s possible that the Tories really are stupid enough to elect May. Since 24 June,the 2 big parties seem intent on proving why they are not fit for purpose.

    As a UKIP supporter, this is good news for my party but the country needs someone to implement the mandate given by 17 million people.

  • Possibly, Mick.

    But I would just point out that Leadsom got more 1st round votes than Gove, and was endorsed by Caesar Boris.

    The decision for wavering MPs will be between sympathy for Boris/distrust of Brutus Gove (Leadsom) and offering a real choice for the party membership (Gove).

    If they have been watching the Labour Party, they’ll know what might happen if they decide to offer the membership a real choice…

  • On the fence!

    I presume the theory is that they pick up more Labour (oh, and Lib Dems) than what they loose of their own to UKIP. A theory now bolstered by the departure of Farage.

    But what a bunch of pathetic, shallow. meaningless air-heads the lot of them. Rooting about figuring out what to say based entirely on what they think will give them the best chance of power, no honesty, no conviction, utterly, utterly vacuous.

    It’s enough to make you appreciate our lot!

  • Jag

    Amazing George Osborne didn’t throw his hat in the ring. Like Dave,a lifelong Tory, at the helm of the nation’s finances during a turbulent period. Where;s the young man’s ambition?

    Mind you, I’m still scratching my head over Boris’s shock withdrawal, with the utterly unconvincing Gove matched by Boris’s unconvincing self-deprecation.

  • Msiegnaro

    Completely damaged by being endorsing the “remain” camp and could not be seen as a negotiator for Brexit.

  • chrisjones2

    Theresa has to bring the Party together quickly. She will win. The others are staying in to stake claims for major jobs

  • Granni Trixie

    But do you not call it irresponsible when 2 cheerleader for Leave campaign
    ‘leave’ the heavy lifting of negotiating terms to others? Cherry picking or what?
    Have they no shame In marching people to the top of the hill only to abandon them?

  • Chingford Man

    Who has left the “heavy lifting” to others? Nigel Farage has said that he would be happy to help the Government in any negotiations.

    Of course, we could always invoke Article 50 right away, announce we will be trading on WTO rules and if the EU wants to come to any alternative arrangements we’ll be happy to discuss.

  • hgreen

    UKIP are finished. Even their leader understood this was the high water mark.

  • articles

    Forget the first round and the tallies, it’s a secret ballot, mind you Crabb standing down was a bonus. It is Leadsom v May and at 5/1 Leadsom has got to be a very good bet.

  • SeaanUiNeill
  • MainlandUlsterman

    hmm, not so sure. If we go for Norway Plus (i.e. in Single Market and accepting a lot of free movement rules, if not all) then UKIP will have a role as the protectors of the anti-immigration vote on 23rd June.

  • Zig70

    Yeah, but who is Rupert backing? them all?

  • NotNowJohnny

    I suspect it won’t be WTO rules. I suspect it will be the single market with the free movement of people, adherence to EU rules and a large bill to pay for the privilege. And of course no seat at the EU rule making table. I guess you get what you vote for.

  • Big Yellow Crane

    Parliament voted without opposition on 6th July to guarantee right to remain to every EU citizen that was here on 23rd June. Every pro-euro party will be rushing to help naturalise those here over five years. Millions of potential pro-EU (certainly anti-UKIP) voters.