Dirtiest Tory leadership battle begins amid war over Brexit


While Westminster has been fixated on Theresa May’s battle with Brussels over her Brexit a deal, a battle already being billed as the dirtiest of a generation is playing out away from public view in Parliament.

At stake is the future of both Britain’s future outside of the European Union – and the Conservative Party as a major electoral force.

Up to a dozen senior Tory MPs are actively mulling whether to mount leadership campaigns to replace Mrs May when she quits – as expected – later this year.

One MP says: “Everybody is trying to gauge what support they have got.” Another MP says: “It is early days – this is a slippery electorate… It is not as though there is a runaway favourite.”

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