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Though many Tories regard the idea as absurd, Andrea Leadsom has been sustained throughout a patchy and profoundly undistinguished political career by an iron conviction that she’s destined for the top job. Indeed, she has long dreamed of following her heroine Margaret Thatcher into No. 10.
But today that ambition looks less likely than ever after she dropped a bomb on the Conservative Party and its leadership.
Bottle - Blonde - Front - Pages - Yesterday
The bottle blonde was catapulted on to the front pages yesterday after treacherously knifing Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon over apparently ‘vile’ comments he made some six years ago.
Leadsom, a committed Christian who goes to Bible studies each week in Parliament, privately urged Mrs May to sack Fallon after Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.
Actions - Tory - MPs - Talks - Principles
Her actions have appalled Tory MPs. ‘She talks about her Christian principles but waits six years to assassinate one of her own colleagues, who has been doing a better job than her,’ said one minister.
It’s true most MPs assumed that Leadsom, who ran for the Tory leadership last year, would be dismissed in the next reshuffle as Leader of the House because of the irritation she causes Downing Street.
June - Visit - Grenfell - Tower - Scores
In June, she made a high-profile visit to Grenfell Tower after scores died in the blaze, despite having no formal government role in dealing with the disaster. She didn’t even had the courtesy to ask No 10, merely informing them by phone from her chauffeur-driven car when she was on her way. Talking directly to some of the victims ensured she was compared favourably with Mrs May, who had been criticised for not meeting any of the families. ‘It was bloody treachery,’ says one May supporter.
In September, there was strong Cabinet backing for the PM’s keynote speech on Brexit in Florence, in which she proposed a two-year transitional deal. But the unity didn’t last long.
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