Boris Johnson, Britain's former foreign minister and a prominent campaigner to leave the European Union, said Thursday he will be standing as a candidate to replace Prime Minister Theresa May as Conservative Party leader, the BBC reported. May has said she will step down before the next phase of Brexit negotiations although she has not yet put a date on her departure. "Of course I'm going to go for it," Johnson told The British Insurance Brokers' Association, according to the BBC. Johnson is May's most outspoken critic on Brexit. He resigned from the cabinet in July in protest at her handling of the exit negotiations. Johnson, regarded by many eurosceptics as the face of the 2016 Brexit campaign, set out his pitch to the membership in a speech at the party's annual conference in October — some members queued for hours to get a seat. He called on the party to return to its traditional values of low tax and strong policing. He is the bookmakers' favorite to succeed May. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson announces bid for UK Conservative Party leadership
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The local elections take place in North East Lincolnshire today to decide who will take charge of the council. And despite concerns the turnout could be low, there is a lot at stake and plenty to play for. The Conservatives currently have the largest share of councillors in North East Lincolnshire, following the resignation of Labour leader Ray Oxby and the defection of East Marsh councillor Terry Walker to the Liberal Democrat Party. But a deal with the Lib-Dems means Labour hold power. Candidates from all parties have been out campaigning, knocking on doors and handing out leaflets to voters in an effort to get them to support them at the ballot box. In an effort to aid voters in their decision, GrimsbyLive asked the five main political party leaders one awkward question each, to see how they react to what many voters may be thinking. Labour - Why should anyone give you another chance? Labour leader Councillor David Watson said: "We have just passed a budget for growth in the … [Read more...] about We put one very awkward question to each local party leader
London (CNN)Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of a hardline Brexit bloc and one of the driving forces behind a push to remove British Prime Minister Theresa May, has hinted that he would support fellow Conservative politician Boris Johnson as a future leader of the party. Rees-Mogg, the leader of the European Research Group, a faction of Conservative members of Parliament who have been staunchly opposed to May's Brexit deal, praised Johnson as a potential Conservative party leader in an interview on Sky News program "Sophy Ridge on Sunday." "I think very highly of Boris Johnson," Rees-Mogg said, arguing that the Brexit question aside, Johnson was a moderate figure among Conservatives who "could unite the party and win an election." Johnson, the former mayor of London, has been a frequent thorn in May's side, repeatedly stating his opposition to her Brexit plan and resigning as foreign secretary last year over her strategy. Theresa May admits she can't pass her Brexit deal without Labour … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson ‘could unite the Conservative party and win an election,’ leading Brexiteer says
LONDON (Reuters) - A majority of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party members oppose her Brexit deal with the European Union, according to a survey published on Friday. FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after a news conference following a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium December 14, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo With less than three months until Britain leaves the bloc, May is yet to win parliament’s backing for her deal and the research may dent hopes that pressure from local members over Christmas might persuade Conservative MPs to support it. May postponed a planned December vote on her deal in parliament after admitting it was set to be defeated and is seeking further assurances from EU leaders ahead of a vote now due to take place the week beginning Jan. 14. The survey of 1,215 Conservative Party members found 59 percent opposed May’s deal, with 38 percent in favour. More than half of … [Read more...] about Most of May’s Conservative Party members oppose her Brexit deal -…
Tony Blair and Theresa May have been embroiled in a public row after she accused him of "undermining" the EU divorce talks by calling for a second Brexit referendum. Here, Sky News looks at the views of former prime ministers and ex-party leaders on Britain leaving the European Union.:: David CameronMrs May's predecessor triggered the referendum on Britain's membership of the EU and campaigned for Remain, before leaving politics shortly after the historic vote came back for Leave.Speaking to Sky News earlier this month, he said he did not regret calling the referendum but added: "Obviously I'm very concerned about what's happening today but I do support the prime minister in her efforts to try and have a close partnership with the European Union.":: Gordon Brown The most recent Labour politician in Number 10, Mr Brown said Brexit had left the country divided and led to a breakdown of trust within the electorate.He has also said the sense of betrayal felt by some of the public risks … [Read more...] about Where do former prime ministers and ex-party leaders stand on Brexit?