Boris Johnson leads Tory leadership race with 114 votes; Leadsom, McVey and Harper out – live

Share This Story

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the first round of voting in the Tory leadership contest

Here is more from the Rory Stewart interview with Sky News quoted earlier. See 1.42pm.)

Somebody who attempted to subvert our constitution, our liberties, our parliament, this place, who dared to stand as prime minister and claim that they could lock the doors on parliament, would not deserve to be prime minister. And this parliament would meet, whether he locked the doors or not, and we would bring him down.

If he locked the doors of parliament, he would be doing it because he knew that parliament was entirely and completely against the central plank of his policy. And he would try to stop parliament from bringing him down by not allowing parliament to sit. That’s what Charles I did. That led to very, very disturbing things in this country. I’m sure he doesn’t mean it. I’m sure, like his taxation policy and his employer national insurance policy, he just hasn’t thought it through. So please think it through.

I’m very worried if [Johnson] will not tell us what he stands for. Because in the end we have had too much politics where people don’t trust politicians, people have been afraid to speak about reality, to be straight with people. People said, when I began this campaign, that you are never going to get anywhere because you are being straight about parliament, about the problems in Europe. People said you are not going to get anywhere because you are not making tax and spending pledges. What I have discovered is it’s immensely popular to be straight with people, and that’s why I think we can win this.

Andrea Leadsom has tweeted this about her departure from the leadership race.

What a ride! Loved being back on the leadership campaign trail. Great effort by colleagues @Mark_J_Harper and @EstherMcVey1 and best of luck to the remaining candidates. Thank you to the many #TeamLeadsom supporters. – AL @andrealeadsom

Continue reading…

Leave a Reply