This Brexit-focused leadership race is the wrong contest at the wrong time – change is now coming from outside parliament
The Conservative party in parliament and 120,000 members will shortly be picking a new leader and, in doing so, a new prime minister. There will be more runners and riders than Doncaster races. The party wants a hard Brexit leader and that cannot be me. I believe the only way out of Britain’s crisis is a second referendum – and I’d campaign for Remain.
Like the rest of the country, I see the Conservative party engaging in a debate with itself about what type of electoral cyanide to take. The country is in crisis and yet this latest distraction strategy of a leadership election sees us continuing to avoid confronting two ultimate challenges the Conservative party – first, a viable route out of the mess Britain has got into on Brexit; and second, the fact that our traditional voter base is dwindling and we’re seen as out of touch with new generations of voters.