Leadership contest

The contest to decide who will be the new Leader of the Conservative Party will start in earnest today when nominations close at 12 noon. It is looking as though there will be quite a few candidates to start with and then starting from next Tuesday Conservative MP’s will vote to reduce the number of Candidates down to two.

Yesterday, after Prime Minister’s Questions there was a statement from the Prime Minister on the meeting of the EU Council he had attended the previous day. Then there was a debate on the economy at the instigation of Labour and a debate on the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme.