Boris Johnson is racing ahead as Conservative Party members’ preferred candidate to lead the Tories after Theresa May. A survey by ConservativeHome found that 35% of members picked the former foreign secretary as their favourite to take the helm of the party next. This marks an extension in Mr Johnson’s lead at the top of the table in the past four weeks.
Conservative MPs are calling for Theresa May to resign ‘within weeks’, as splits within the Tory party over Brexit deepen and confidence in her leadership tumbles among party members. The Prime Minister is facing a possible back-bench revolt over her Government’s flagship Brexit legislation next week, as the EU Withdrawal Bill returns to the Commons in a high-stakes moment for the process.
A poll by ICM Unlimited suggested that confidence in Brexit negotiations concluded successfully has hit rock bottom.
It was meant to be the moment Theresa May re-established her authority as Prime Minister. Instead, the keynote speech at the Tory party conference that aimed to put to bed talk of Cabinet splits and leadership challenges was hijacked by a protester handing her a P45 – and the PM’s own voice. The speech descended into chaos when Simon Brodkin – who goes by the alter ego Lee Nelson – handed May a note, telling her Boris Johnson had asked him to perform the stunt.
At this year’s Conservative Party Conference Theresa May has announced a string of policies aimed to tempt the youth vote away from Jeremy Corbyn, including a freeze on student fees and additional help for first-time buyers. Chancellor Philip Hammond opened the conference with a speech promising that Tory policies would make young people better off than their parents.
BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg to have bodyguard protection at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester this week.
People who vote Labour know less about politics on average than their Conservative counterparts, a poll has found. The survey tested participants’ political knowledge by asking them whether eight statements about politics were true or false. Statements included ‘the unemployment rate in the UK is currently less than 5%’; ‘the chancellor of the Exchequer is responsible for setting interest rates in the UK’ and ‘the minimum voting age for UK general elections is now 16 years of age’.
At first glance, the leaked Whatsapp messages from a group of young Tories joking about “gassing chavs” and experimenting “to see why they are so good at producing”, look like satire. This was at a time when Little Britain’s Vicky Pollard and Catherine Tate’s Lauren Cooper were on our screens - characters that, in 2006, a survey found that 70% of TV industry professionals believed were an accurate reflection of white working class young people. When I was older, my mum told me to read Owen Jones’ Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class.