Who will make the best Prime Minister?

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Who do you think should replace David Cameron as leader of the Conservatives and Prime Minister in the leadership race? Boris Johnson pulled out at the last minute, and all the runners and riders are below.

Theresa May bills herself as the tough negotiator who can get Britain a good deal with Brussels when the talks about Brexit start, which she says will be next year. Mrs May is the most experienced of the candidates, shadowing every major policy portfolio apart from foreign affairs and the Treasury in Opposition, and becoming the longest serving Home Secretary in history by holding the post continuously since May 2010.

Michael Gove is the surprise entrant, only finally deciding to enter the leadership race on Thursday morning, hours before nominations closed. Mr Gove – who chaired the Vote Leave campaign – will pitch himself as the intellectual force behind the arguments for Britain to leave the EU.

Andrea Leadsom is the ‘real world’ candidate, with prime Thatcherite credentials. She will bill herself as the person who will deliver Brexit because she is passionate about the outcome. She was the driving force behind the “fresh start” project, set up in 2011, which carried out hundreds of interviews and research projects which rethought Britain’s entire relationship with the EU.

Stephen Crabb campaigned for Britain to remain in the European Union – is offering himself as the unity candidate who will deliver the Brexit vote backed by 17 million Britons last week. His blue collar background – he attended a state school and Bristol university – will help to reach out to working class areas where Labour is now weak.

Liam Fox, The longest serving MP of the candidates, is selling himself as the authentic voice of the Conservative Right who can ensure that the Brexit vote is delivered. Dr Fox will build on the soft power relationship with Commonwealth countries and the special relationship with the America, which Dr Fox has strong links.

The Candidates

The Candidates

So who do you think is the best person for the job?

Who will make the best Prime Minister?

Theresa May
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Michael Gove
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Andrea Leadsom
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Stephen Crabb
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Liam Fox
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Perky
15th Jul 2016
1
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Let our Royal family have more say in government.
Roof Top Crow
7th Jul 2016
2
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Just when we thought the jingoistic nonsense of the referendum was behind us, we now have Andrea Leadsom. She said this today:

“Let us unite and be prosperous”
Andrea, that is what we have at the moment, we are prosperous and united with 500 million people in the EU.

“We want tariff-free trade agreements with the EU”
Andrea, we already have that. But, because of you, we are now having to renegotiate this for the future well-being of the UK.

“We can be the greatest nation on earth”
Andrea that was a belief in the 18th century when Britain ruled the waves and we had an Empire.
That time has passed and the world has moved on. We are already a major influence in the world but with 0.88% of the world population, these words are just an empty promise.

Boris would describe Andreas words as “piffle”
Roof Top Crow
5th Jul 2016
2
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Following the 23rd June, the Prime Minister stepped down. In the days that followed the leaders of the Leave campaign,
Johnson and Farage stepped back from the chaos they caused.

Jean-Claude Juncker the President of the EU Commission has accused Johnson and Farage of quitting when things got difficult.

Gove will not have a role in the country's future, he is politically damaged beyond repair and at best he will be on the back benches.

Extraordinarily as it seems, the team of people who did not want us to leave the EU is now being tasked with negotiating the terms on which we will leave EU.

I understand from today's papers Andrea Leadsom made a disastrous speech in the Commons yesterday and her support is dwindling.

The Torys are voting on the election contest this morning.
Roof Top Crow
4th Jul 2016
2
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The question we are being asked is not who would be the best Tory Prime Minister to manage our withdrawal from the EU, we are being asked who would be the best Tory Prime Minister to manage the government that was elected just a year ago.

Politics is moving very quickly and many things will happen this week. Farage has gone which is a very good start. Tomorrow the House of Lords will openly discuss the result of the referendum. On Wednesday the Chilcott report will be released and we will hear Corbyn trashing the Labour party.

Back to the question. I will make my opinions brief. Two of the five two candidates are not in the running.
Stephen Crabb. Excellent, but needs a few more years before he is ready.
Liam Fox. Nice man, but does not reflect today's society.

Then we have three:
Michael Gove. It is impossible to ignore how he disposed of Cameron and Johnson, his credibility has been destroyed. Inevitably he would be given a very tough time in the commons, in Brussels and his own party. In addition voting for Gove means accepting that his wife, Sarah Vine, is the one really pulling the strings. So that’s a no for me.

Andrea Leadsom. She is very slick and speaks well. A number of things make me doubtful. Firstly her City background was in offshore trusts and need I remind you that offshore is a euphemism for keeping HMRC at arms length. Her tax affairs were questioned on the Andrew Marr Show last Sunday and she was very hesitant about disclosing her tax returns. I am also a little uncomfortable about the fact that Arron Banks the UKIP “deep wallet” has switched his support to Andrea Leadsom on the day Farage resigns.

Theresa May. She has been Home Secretary for over 5 years and has shown ability, balance, and judgment. She is not part of the commons bar old boys club, she is not involved in the intrigue which so many of our leading politicians get involved with. OK, she is not showy but for the next few years, we need someone with experience and a very high work rate. A person who can manage the ongoing affairs of government and negotiate with Brussels at the same time.

It will come down to Leadsom and May and a lot more information will be coming our way.
Lionel
5th Jul 2016
1
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Roof Top, we ain't ever going to agree. Just as well we're not married!
Roof Top Crow
5th Jul 2016
0
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Lionel
5th Jul 2016
0
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Ha, ha, ha! I love it.
lagarto
4th Jul 2016
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Lionel
5th Jul 2016
0
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Lionel
3rd Jul 2016
1
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Who would make the best Prime Minister? Now, there's conundrum!

Since my favoured candidate, Michael Gove, has all but ruled himself out, then ...

Frankly, none of the above.

They're all has beens or no hopers, and the thought of May as PM and Leadssome as Chancellor doesn't fill me with enthusiasm. Smells of Blair and Brown, and well all know where that got us!
Jaygar
2nd Jul 2016
0
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Liam Fox Not sure why he is the forgotten man Admiitedly he has some baggage from a resignation a while back But can he do the job I believe he can He is skilled experienced articulate has charisma a sense of humour diplomatic and generally positive Then why is he being ignored Andrea Leadsom has no track record and for me doesnt inspire confidence Then why not a pact with Liam Fox and Theresa May Anybody fancy that ?
Wilf
2nd Jul 2016
0
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Domt think Liam has charisma or would help at all. i cannot even remember anything he has done?
lady di
2nd Jul 2016
0
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I hope Andrea Leadsom is the right person for the job, she is cool ,calm and presents all the facts as they are, no way should it be Teresa May she sat on the fence too long .
Wilf
2nd Jul 2016
1
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Andrea is very good. just not sure she has experience to become PM
ginntonic
2nd Jul 2016
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I hope Andrea Leadsom takes over as leader of the Tory party, she is the only one passionate enough to take us though the next stage of leaving the EU. Unfortunately I think it will by Teresa May as she comes across on TV as a hard line talker, like Margaret Thatcher. I do not believe she will be the best person to take us forward in these changing and challenging times.
jazzy78
9th Jul 2016
0
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Teresa May is an old Conservative who has served far too long. She would damage the Conservatives. We need someone fresh to be our PM. Not someone who depleted our Public Services and made a right hash of Immigration.
essemcee
2nd Jul 2016
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Andrea Leadsom is the ONLY person to take the Tory party forward in this New Britain. Theresa May was all for the EU and Britain has voted to come out of this broken EU so HOW can this woman be expected to do her very best to take Britain on its new journey, Mr Gove is a back stabber, his treatment if Boris Johnson proves that, so hiwvcan he be trusted to do the right thing for this country? If things don't go his way hiw many more people WOUKD he stab in the back? We now need and deserve a Robin Hood in Parliament and NOT THE SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM that we have had for years now. New Britain,new strong leadership,and let's move onwards and upwards
Wilf
2nd Jul 2016
1
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Andrea Leadsom was very impressive in the Brexit discussion on TV. Just reading the Times today she has had a steller career and is bright. Think she would make a good PM or at least chancellor
Margymaryviolet
1st Jul 2016
1
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Andrea Leadsom could unite the country because she listens in a compassionate way and is right thinking. She dislikes wasting tax payers money and would behave with an ethical leaning in all she would be asked to deal with. She has a beautiful, calm and articulate speaking voice. She would be well liked in global affairs. She would be listened to. She has a calm, pleasant face and demeanor. There is a lovely aura round her. I hope her peers in Westminster see all this because she not only has these qualities but she is also very bright.
The country needs this lady right NOW.
Theresa May looks worn out and Gove would be a disaster because he hasn't the right look about him. The others haven't registered with me yet, but Andrea did straight off in those debates.
Fussyhousewife
1st Jul 2016
2
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Please not Theresa May after the Aba Hansa debacle surely our memories are not that bad. She got it wrong on so many counts and she also voted Remain. How could she possibly negotiate on our behalf?
Ruthie2603
1st Jul 2016
2
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Andrea Leadsom shone in the TV debates showing herself to be calm under pressure, knowledgeable and passionate about leaving the EU. It seems unthinkable that Theresa May should be leader having been a "remainer" and a betrayal of the 17 million people who voted leave. This may well come back to haunt the Tories in the future.
ssarah100
1st Jul 2016
3
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Andrea Leadsom for me. I voted leave and am definitely not a Tory supporter. I was so impressed with her calm, professional and passionate reasoning during the live TV Debates. I don`t trust any of the other candidates to negotiate on our behalf
Gonzo10
1st Jul 2016
3
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Theresa May? Are you having a laugh, she couldn't return a parcel, let alone an illegal immigrant! Further more, she has stated that she will not invoke Article 50 for a year, after she wins, if she does! I hope that the Conservative party can see through this blatant attempt to ignore the people's wishes and make sure that an ineffectual politician does not have control of the country. I urge the party to vote for someone else!
MargaretD1
1st Jul 2016
5
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Margaretd1. On balance, she came over on the t.v. debate as a rational, calming influence, knowledgable and above honest!
Judianne
1st Jul 2016
3
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Andrea Leadsom/theresa May both good
Jo Kingham
1st Jul 2016
3
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Poor old Boris - stabbed in the back by Gove! Having said that it always worried me slightly that Boris might become PM. My vote would go with Theresa May, she is our local MP and what an incredible lady. She was a remainer though, so that makes me slightly uncomfortable. I have to say I was also impressed with Andrea Leadsom throughout the Brexit campaign, she was incredibly professional, calm and held her ground - she would be very passionate about getting the right deal for Britain's exit. On balance it would have to be May though.
Lionel
1st Jul 2016
0
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Should we assume what we read in the press is accurate and truthfull? I think not. Our press is horribly biased, and not known to be the purveyors of truth.

Thus, the truth, as we are not allowed to know it, might be very different.
luetchforda
1st Jul 2016
1
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I think Boris has more charisma than any other MP from any of the parties; but this is not his time as he is not the right person for this very special job and I think having him in the leadership battle would be divisive. I respect him for deciding not to stand. Andrea would get my vote now; but I do hope Boris gets a chance in the future. Once we are 'out' I think he could be a brilliant PM.
Baxi
1st Jul 2016
1
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Theresa May for me - I feel that she is a straight person and a safe pair of hands. She has stayed out of all the backbiting and the men behaving like children in a playground.
Marley444
1st Jul 2016
6
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How can Michael Gove have any credibility when he's said on several occasions that there is no way that he would want to be Prime Minister???
JohnHerb
1st Jul 2016
9
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I saw Andrea Leadsom on the Question Time with the 3 for Brexit and 3 against and thought she was excellent. I had never seen or even heard of her before but thought she appeared very sensible. Quite unlike most politicians she actually answered questions rather than giving out a load of gobbledegook. Think she would make a great PM and a fresh start rather than tired politicians like Theresa May. As for Gove after he stabbed Boris in the back he could never become PM. He did tell us all for years he was unfit to be PM-so why is he now trying to be? I do wonder about some of our politicians
Aav
1st Jul 2016
4
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Thought she was excellent on that show.

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