Was the Mayor’s Brexit move a mistake?
The big political betting story this lunch time is that Boris Johnson has been pushed out of the top slot in the Conservativehome survey of next.com leader preferences by Michael Gove.
Boris is, of course the long-standing betting favourite to succeed David Cameron but he’s been having a bit of a rough time during the BREXIT campaign.
The mayor’s flippant and seemingly arrogant approach at a recent Commons Treasury select committee session was widely criticised and there was the brutal attack on him in the Times by ex-CON MP, Matthew Parris.
This led to speculation amongst Tory MPs that Boris wouldn’t even make the final two when they ballot to choose the short list that will go to the membership.
He’s still favourite but that could change.
Michael Gove is widely regarded as having a good referendum campaign. He made his position clear right at the start and is managing to maintain a good relationship with both sides.