Tom Goodenough Tom Goodenough

Coffee House shots: Tory turmoil, Jexit and Boris’ bid for No.10

As the spate of resignations from the Labour shadow cabinet continues this morning and the rival candidates in the race to replace David Cameron as Prime Minister step up their campaigns, politics shows no signs of slowing down today. Boris Johnson and Theresa May are the front runners in the upcoming Conservative leadership contest – but who will emerge on top? And amidst Tory turmoil, the crisis at the top of the Labour party continues this morning. On today’s edition of our Coffee House shots podcast, James Forsyth tells Isabel Hardman that:

‘One of the rules for politics at the moment is that however bad things are for the Conservatives at the moment, they’re worse for Labour. Labour have this massive problem following the vote, which is a large proportion of their vote have decided to back Brexit, despite the Parliamentary Labour party being almost unanimous in its support for staying in the EU.’

But with Corbyn facing a potential leadership challenge, the Tories have a leadership contest of their own. Boris Johnson is the most widely-favoured candidate, though could divisions exposed by the referendum campaign make the race to be the next Prime Minister more open that people think? James Forsyth says on the podcast:

‘I think the divisions exposed by the referendum campaign are such that we’re going to have a contest. People are not prepared to give it to Boris Johnson on a plate, and they think they have more of a chance of stopping Boris than people realise. I think there is a genuine democratic problem in that… To have a Prime Minister who was not directly-elected, who was on the other side of the referendum to the majority of the public would be quite odd.’

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