The Conservative Party is on manoeuvres for its next leader. Theresa May has been warned by Cabinet ministers she will have to quit if her Brexit deal is defeated in the Commons next week, the Telegraph reports.
Polling over the last year has consistently shown Boris Johnson to be the party members’ favourite, though Dominic Raab’s star seemed in the ascendant in the most recent poll.
Bojo’s problem, as we all know, is that he might be popular with the grassroots but he is hated by his colleagues. Fraser Nelson reported that ‘Operation Stop Boris’ is already in full swing. His enemies even plan to resign the Party Whip if he is chosen (raising the small question of what stopped these high-minded souls doing just that under May’s disastrous leadership)
What Fraser warns is that the leader they choose will determine the type of Brexit we get. I am sure that is right.
The Stop Boris lot, he says, don’t have their own candidate. Conservative Party leadership contests are ‘all about who hates whom most’ and the winner tends to be the one with least enemies. ‘Or the last person standing when the shooting finally stops.’
Before that happens (or before we find Terminator May has managed to cling on yet again) tell us what you think.
Should Boris Johnson be the next leader of the Conservative Party?
— The Conservative Woman (@TheConWom) December 8, 2018