‘Now it’s open war’, screamed the Daily Mail headline on 18 June 2015. Not, this time, a comment on the Labour leadership race that was then getting into full swing, but the contest to come on the Treasury benches. The future race to be leader of the Conservative party, a vacancy David Cameron himself pre-announced in his kitchen interview with the BBC’s James Landale earlier this year, might have slipped from the public eye temporarily, but the unrest that characterised the Conservative parliamentary party in the last parliament has not gone away.
In this new pamphlet, a leading cast of Labour commentators examine the names in the Tory frame and assess their chances.
II Introduction Parties at war – by Richard Angell and Adam Harrison
III George Osborne Politics first, economics second – by Conor Pope
IV Theresa May Neither ‘blue’ nor ‘Bullingdon’ – by Jacqui Smith
V Boris Johnson A real laugh – by Sally Gimson
VI Sajid Javid Break the mould – by Felicity Slater
VII Amber Rudd Thatcher’s heir – by Ben Dilks
VIII David Cameron Always underestimated – by Jonathan Todd
XI Conclusion Osborne’s to lose? – by Richard Angell and Adam Harrison
See the full pamphlet with all the potential leaders profiled here