Tory leader LIVE: Battle to stop Boris begins – as study says Johnson will STORM to No. 10

Tory leader LIVE: Battle to stop Boris begins – as study says Johnson will STORM to No. 10

A cross-party motion backed by former Tory minister Sir Oliver Letwin, SNP, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Greens will be tabled today to try and give control of the House of Commons agenda to MPs on June 25. The legislation allowed to be put forward by controversial Speaker John Bercow, also attempts to rule out the option of parliament being suspended to railroad a no deal Brexit. Mr Johnson will later today in Central London break his silence and officially get on the campaign trail, where he will outline his plan to “unite the country” and promise to leave the European Union under his leadership on October 31.

The former Foreign Secretary, who has already received heavy criticism from his rivals, will warn fellow Tories they risk a Jeremy Corbyn Government if Brexit continues to be delayed.

Mr Johnson will say: “We simply will not get a result if we give the slightest hint that we want to go on kicking the can down the road with yet more delay.

“Delay means defeat. Delay means Corbyn. Kick the can and we kick the bucket.

“With every week and month that goes by in which we fail to deliver on our promise I am afraid we will further alienate not just our natural supporters but anyone who believes that politicians should deliver on their promises.”

Public backing for the former Mayor of London last night reached 69 MPs – more than double his nearest rival after influential Brexit Secretary Steven Barclay pledged his support.

Mr Barclay stated Mr Johnson “has the ability to defeat both Corbyn and Farage” and “seize the global opportunities of Brexit”.

Follow for live Tory leadership updates below:

9.00am: Javid to finally officially launch leadership campaign – ‘We need tomorrow’s leader, today’

Sajid Javid will be the last Tory leadership hopeful to launch his leadership bid later this afternoon.

The Home Secretary will pitch himself as the candidate who can deliver a “new kind of leadership” and someone who is in the job for the long-haul beyond Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Mr Javid is expected to say: “I believe now more than ever that this is a moment for a new kind of leadership and a new kind of leader.

“A leader is not just for Christmas, or just for Brexit.

“So we can’t risk going with someone who feels like the short-term, comfort zone choice.

“We need tomorrow’s leader, today.”

8.50am update: ‘Proven winner’ Boris can break Brexit impasse

Boris Johnson is a “proven winner” and the only person in the Tory leadership who can break the Brexit impasse, according to The Daily Telegraph columnist Philip Johnston.

The former Foreign Secretary also has the ability to win a general election as he can “appeal beyond the party’s heartlands”.

So far Tory leadership rivals have sparked their campaign as the alternative to the former Mayor of London, as Mr Johnson writes “he is the man to beat”.

In order to deliver on Brexit, Mr Johnston predicts the Tory frontrunner could forge an alliance with the face of Brexit Nigel Farage or go through with his idea to withhold the £39 billion divorce bill.

He wrote in his column: “I wouldn’t put it past Boris to do a deal with the Brexit Party leader. If he has any sense he will.”

He added: “It will need a big moment and a big person to break this logjam, one willing to do something that has not already been tried, like taking the £39 billion off the table.”

8.30am update: Boris surges ahead of rivals – Sky News data reveals

Boris Johnson has more than double the support of his nearest challenger in the Tory leadership contest, analysis by Sky News has revealed.

The Former Foreign Secretary is understood to have the support of 74 MPs , 42 more than his closest contender Jeremy Hunt.

The rest of the field look certain to fight it out for the one remaining spot to challenge Mr Johnson when the shortlist is finally cut down to just two for Tory Party members to vote on.

Michael Gove commands the the support of 30 MPs, whilst has Dominc Raab 22, Sajid Javid 19, Matt Hancock 16, Mark Harper eight, Rory Stewart seven, Esther McVey six and Andrea Leadsom five.

The data compiled the voting intentions of 218 of the 313 Tory MPs.

Published at Wed, 12 Jun 2019 07:22:00 +0000