David Nuttall

First Ballot

By early evening today we will know which of the five candidates running for the Leadership of the Conservative Party is to drop out. Voting for Conservative MP’s starts at 11am and continues until 6pm. The votes will then be counted and the result of the first ballot as soon as possible.

Yesterday, we all heard from each of the five candidates in a Committee Room in the House of Commons. We were meeting just four doors down in Committee room 10 from where the Parliamentary Labour Party were holding their weekly meeting in Committee Room 14. The journalists had never had it so good. I thought all the candidates performed well. It was clear any of them would be capable of taking over as Party Leader and Prime Minister although they each have their own style and their particular strengths.

Before I went to the meeting with the candidates I was delighted to be able to meet with a group of students from Holy Cross who were down on a tour of Parliament with their teachers. I enjoyed answering their questions on a range of subjects.

Today in Parliament there is the Committee stage of the Wales Bill which devolves more power to the Welsh Assembly which will be dealt with by the whole House as it is a constitutional Bill.