And then here were ten. Nominations closed for the leadership of the Conservative Party on Monday. What had appeared to be turning into a grand melee – where it appeared easier to identify which Tory MPs were not running rather than were, so prolific was the announcement of candidatures – instead became a manageable scrum.
A last-minute rule change by the 1922 Committee seemingly scuppered the hopes of several candidates, who struggled to reach the threshold of eight names in support or decided that their efforts would be more sensibly spent backing others. It is now expected that, following the commencement of voting tomorrow, the final two candidates will be known in just a week’s time – which is a small mercy, given that the whole process could otherwise have dragged on interminably.
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