Posts Tagged ‘Conservatives’

The Tory party is simply debating which sort of electoral cyanide to take | Justine Greening

This Brexit-focused leadership race is the wrong contest at the wrong time – change is now coming from outside parliament

The Conservative party in parliament and 120,000 members will shortly be picking a new leader and, in doing so, a new prime minister. There will be more runners and riders than Doncaster races. The party wants a hard Brexit leader and that cannot be me. I believe the only way out of Britain’s crisis is a second referendum – and I’d campaign for Remain.

Like the rest of the country, I see the Conservative party engaging in a debate with itself about what type of electoral cyanide to take. The country is in crisis and yet this latest distraction strategy of a leadership election sees us continuing to avoid confronting two ultimate challenges the Conservative party – first, a viable route out of the mess Britain has got into on Brexit; and second, the fact that our traditional voter base is dwindling and we’re seen as out of touch with new generations of voters.

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Enough wishful thinking. The next PM must confront hard realities on Brexit

The Lord Chancellor has watched Theresa May struggle to deliver Brexit for three years. Here he explains the challenges facing her successor

We will have a new prime minister but the task facing them is the same one Theresa May faced for three years: how do we deliver the 2016 referendum result in a way that is good for the prosperity, security and integrity of the UK?

If anyone thinks this is an easy task, they don’t understand the magnitude of the situation. Having served in her cabinet, I know that no one could have worked harder or shown greater determination than Theresa May to find a way through.

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Matt Hancock says he will stand for Tory leadership

Health secretary throws his hat into ring as Rory Stewart rules out serving in a Boris Johnson cabinet

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has become the latest cabinet minister to declare he will stand for the Tory leadership after Theresa May’s resignation.

“Yes. I’m going to run to be the next prime minister,” Hancock told the BBC on Saturday morning. He said he would be “the servant of parliament” in delivering a Brexit deal – a conundrum that destroyed May’s leadership.

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Like many women before her, Theresa May was set up to fail | Stefan Stern

While men like Chris Grayling manage to keep their jobs, the prime minister’s failure will confirm to macho Westminster that women just can’t cut it

You can have sympathy for the person even while you are reading out a lengthy charge sheet. This is not a plea in mitigation for the departing prime minister. Theresa May was handed a difficult task and she botched it. By her own admission, she failed. But then there is no such thing as a good Brexit, and no one can achieve one.

In a pattern familiar from senior appointments made in business and elsewhere, the step up to the top job proved a stretch too far. The qualities which seemed to have served May pretty well in her career to that point proved a weakness and a vulnerability in the highest office. Sadly, she (or her advisers) believed her own hype. May appeared to relish being labelled “a bloody difficult woman”, and saw obstinacy as a virtue – fatal at a time when flexibility and imagination were required.

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‘Broken by Brexit’: what the papers say about May’s farewell speech

Prime minister’s rare public display of emotion dominates coverage in Saturday’s papers

Every paper focuses today on the broken figure of Theresa May, capturing the moment the Maybot cracked at the end of her farewell speech in front of 10 Downing Street.

The Guardian says “Broken by Brexit” below a picture showing the upset PM. An accompanying pullquote from her speech says: “It is, and will always remain, a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.”

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May’s emotional farewell kicks off battle for Tory leadership

Prime minister remains in office until successor has been chosen by her party

Theresa May has given an emotional farewell to “the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold”, pledging to step aside as Conservative leader on 7 June and kicking off a frantic scramble to become Britain’s next prime minister.

Calling time on a turbulent three-year premiership punctuated by revolts and resignations, May said she would leave “with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love”.

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Martin Rowson on the Tory hopefuls lining up for the leadership race – cartoon

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