Gove’s leadership tip

Gove's leadership tip
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This week, Theresa May's Cabinet reshuffle proved rather underwhelming. In some quarters, the Prime Minister's decision to not promote or move any of the big beasts in her Cabinet has been seen as a tactical move so as not to fuel speculation over her eventual successor.

That plan may have backfired. Mr S was curious to read Andrew Gimson's profile of Damian Hinds – the new Education Secretary – for Conservative Home. Gimson reveals that Michael Gove 'foresees a day' when Hinds fights for the Conservative leadership against Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary:

'It would, Gove says, be a contest between two northern, state-school candidates, with Williamson the “tough and gritty” defender of a “pur et dur“ conservatism, while Hinds represents a form of conservatism “in which the Catholic Church has a part to play and authority is tempered with mercy”.

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