Archive for June, 2019

Boris Johnson age: How old is Boris Johnson – could he be the youngest Prime Minister?



BORIS JOHNSON, who is storming ahead of his four competitors in the race to replace Theresa May, celebrates his birthday today. But how old is the Tory leadership frontrunner?

EU budget: Italy vows to fight for change as Rome reluctantly respects rules



ITALY said it will reluctantly respect EU budget rules but sent a chilling warning to Brussels that the country will fight to change them.

From Thatcher to Brexit: this Tory folly was 40 years in the making | Martin Kettle

Margaret Thatcher wrenched the party away from its pragmatic traditions. Brexit has turned it into a faith-based movement

“I’d like to have led the Conservative party. I’d like to have been prime minister,” confessed a disappointed Conservative politician on Monday. It is proving to be that kind of week for the Tory combatants. Today it was Rory Stewart’s turn to come to terms with the dying of his national leadership dream, as Boris Johnson consolidated his grip on the Tory election in advance of today’s next rounds.

But these words of regret did not come from Dominic Raab, Matt Hancock or any of the earlier fallers in this contest. Instead they were spoken this week by Michael Heseltine, in the final part of the BBC’s excellent five-part documentary, Thatcher: a Very British Revolution. It is what Heseltine said next that speaks most directly of all to the perhaps unsolvable problems facing today’s Tory party. If he had become prime minister, Heseltine said: “It would have been a different country.” He is right about that. But he didn’t. So it isn’t. And that is the Tory party’s problem.

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Rory Stewart eliminated from race to be next UK prime minister

LONDON — Insurgent Conservative leadership candidate Rory Stewart has been knocked out of the race to be the next prime minister following a vote by party MPs.

The international development secretary had enlivened the contest with a quirky campaign and a better-than-expected performance despite starting as a rank outsider.

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson meanwhile built on his commanding lead, winning 143 votes in the third round compared with the 126 he received Tuesday.

His successor at the Foreign Office, Jeremy Hunt, held on to second place with 54 votes — up from 46 in the previous round.

It means Johnson seized the majority of votes from Conservative MPs who were previously backing Dominic Raab, after the former Brexit secretary was eliminated from the contest Tuesday.

Stewart won just 27 votes — the least out of the remaining candidates and fewer than the 37 he won in the last round — meaning he is eliminated from the race under Conservative Party rules.

Further votes will be held tomorrow to whittle down the candidates until two remain.

They will be put to the 160,000-strong Conservative Party membership for a final decision, which is due to be announced in the week commencing July 22.

Elsewhere in the third round of voting, Environment Secretary Michael Gove secured 51 votes and Home Secretary Sajid Javid won 38 votes.

In the wake of the result, Stewart said on Twitter that he was “so moved and inspired by the support I have received over the last few weeks.” He insisted it had “given me a new faith in politics, a new belief in our country.”

He added: “I didn’t get enough MPs to believe today — but … I remain deeply committed to you and to this country.”

Javid heaped praise on the eliminated hopeful, saying he had “injected” the campaign with “real humility, authenticity, and pragmatism.”

A spokesman for the Hunt campaign looked to the next rounds of the contest.

“If colleagues choose Jeremy, he will put his heart and soul into giving Boris the contest of his life,” the spokesman said. “The stakes are too high to allow anyone to sail through untested.”

Gove noted that he had “closed the gap to second once again” after he secured just three fewer votes than Hunt — tightening the race for second place.

And Johnson, who is 55 today, took to Twitter to declare: “Thank you once again to friends and colleagues for your support in the third ballot — especially on my birthday! We’ve come a long way but we have much further to go.”

Corbyn statement on Brexit position fails to impress remainers

Backers of second referendum express disappointment as Labour leader reiterates his position

Labour backers of a second referendum who had hoped for a decisive shift in their party’s policy towards remain have expressed disappointment after Jeremy Corbyn issued a lengthy statement reiterating his position.

Related: Trying to unite the country over Brexit won’t win Labour a general election | Peter Kellner

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Europe must find its will to power

The bloc could have more geopolitical influence if it only tried

Britain must act to save banking from decline

A new body is needed to co-ordinate regulation and foster midsized institutions
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