Tory young-ish guns steal a march on Boris Johnson in leadership race
A new survey bodes well for the likes of ambitious MPs such as Philip Lee and Tom Tugendhat.
Tory activists may be loving Boris Johnson again, but a new survey suggests that Tory MPs should not follow the footsoldiers.
Rather, they would do well to steer clear of the former foreign secretary when the party chooses its next leader.
The Guardian/ICM survey found that replacing Theresa May with Boris Johnson would not boost the Conservative party’s chances of winning the next election.
Sajid Javid would be not be any better, the poll found. Meanwhile Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt and Jacob Rees Mogg would be even more of a turn-off for voters.
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According to The Guardian, the only scenario deemed likely to improve Tory prospects was if the party was led by an unspecified person who was “quite young and able [and] not currently in government”.
The finding will be lapped up by Dr Philip Lee. The ambitious Remain-supporting former justice minister recently shocked Westminster by resigning over Theresa May's approach to Brexit. Soon afterwards strange placards with a picture of Lee and the words ‘Great British Hero’ were spotted in Westminster.
It also good news for highly-rated foreign affairs select committee chair and top parliamentary nappy changer Tom Tugendhat after the former Remainer spent part of this week in an angry Twitter spat with Labour peer Andrew Adonis.
And it suggests that Brexiteer cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt might want to quickly find a reason to be "not currently in government”.
Lee is 47 while Tugendhat and Mordaunt are both a mere 45…