The secret Tory plan to make Michael Gove leader (according to a Labour peer)
Andrew Adonis reckons he has rumbled Tory MP Nick Boles.
Nick Boles is not your average diehard Theresa May-hating Tory Brexiteer. Rather the Tory MP voted Remain and was once a close ally of David Cameron, having helped frame the former prime minister’s agenda through his work with the Policy Exchange think tank.
So why did he put the boot into May so vigorously this morning?
Boles told the Today programme that the prime minister "is losing the confidence of colleagues of all shades of opinion" who are "close to despair" at the state of Brexit negotiations.
With fellow moderate Nicky Morgan having also hit out, former Labour peer Andrew Adonis reckons he has “decoded” the interventions and it’s all part of a plan to get Michael Gove into Number 10.
Of course, arch-Remainer Adonis could be clutching at straws. But if he is correct than Boles will have to do better job than last time, when as campaign manager for the Gove leadership bid he sent a text message to MPs asking them to vote tactically to prevent Andrea Leadsom from becoming prime minister.
The text was condemned by, among others, Iain Duncan Smith, who said: “Emails or texts like that are failing to smell the coffee, wake up and recognise we want to come back together, that we can get on with each other and do not want to spend the whole time stabbing each other in the back.”
Boles then had to issue a grovelling apology and insist that Gove had not authorised the action: “He did not know about it let alone authorise it.”