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#1 jackdiddley

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Posted 07 July 2016 - 11:53 AM

Following the Brexit vote, David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister, and therefore leader of the Conservative Party. A leadership contest has been underway, with the hope of a replacement being found by early September.

 

The way the Conservative Party runs leadership contests has three stages:

 

1. Nominations: Members of the Parliamentary Party put forward candidates. There must be at least 3 candidates for the contest to go ahead. In this case, there were 5: Teresa May, Michael Gove, Stephen Crabb, Andrea Leadsom and Liam Fox. To be eligible, a candidate must have at least 2 proposers from the MPs.

 

2. MPs vote: The MPs then vote for their preferred candidate. After each round of voting, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. This is repeated until only two candidates remain.

 

3. Members vote: There is then a ballot of the entire Party. Each member selects their preferred candidate of the two that remain. The one with the most votes, becomes leader of the Party (and in this case, since the Conservatives are in power, the Prime Minister).

 

In this case, Liam Fox was eliminated after the first ballot, and Stephen Crabb also decided to withdraw from the contest. Today, the second round of voting took place. Michael Gove was eliminated, leaving Teresa May and Andrea Leadsom. These two will now face the ballot of the wider Conservative Party, and whatever happens, Britain will have its second female Prime Minister.

 

May and Leadsom will now campaign amongst the party ahead of the ballot, and the results are expected in early September.



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Posted 07 July 2016 - 02:57 PM

Wasn't May against the exit?



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Posted 07 July 2016 - 07:56 PM

It is strange when a party is in troble it turns to a women, Australia first woman Prme Ministr Julie Gillard was elected by the Lanbor party whe it was trouble nd neededto replace its leader Kevin Rudd who was behind in the pols. Julie was blame for all the mistakes of the Labor government and in turn was replaced by Kevin Rud again.

 

I hope the women canidates for the British Prime Minister will fre better.



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Posted 08 July 2016 - 03:47 AM

May was in the Remain camp, Leadsom on the Leave side. It will be interesting to see how the party votes.

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 06:41 AM

And there we have it. Andrea Leadsom has pulled out of the leadership race, leaving Teresa May unopposed. She will be the new Prime Minister, although there is no timetable for when she will take over yet.

Speculation has already started on whether she will, with the Labour Party in disarray, call a snap election.

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 12:43 PM

Update - May is expected to become Prime Minister on Wednesday.

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 08:03 PM

It is interesting to see May is now the only candidate . The other blew by talking about motherhood. You are in a different position in the UK than here. Labor did well in the last elections in Australia winning 13 seats and just mixing out by one seat and  few votes from becoming government.

 



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Posted 11 July 2016 - 08:08 PM

It is interesting that May will be PM , The other candidate put her foot in it by asking about motherhood. Labor is doing better in Australia than in the UK. They won 13 seats at the last election missing out by 1 seat from forming government.



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Posted 30 July 2016 - 07:37 PM

So what is happening?

 

BREXIT rejected EU on two issues:

 

1.) the immigration flood that people see in Germany

 

2.) Brussels serving as a tool for the big banks. With no way to stop it.

 

My guess goes to the Tories being as pro-bank as Brussels. So the new PM has a task of going pro-bank and preserving what EU hath wrought. And doing it quietly. Stealthily.

 

Maybe at night.

 

What do you folks see?



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Posted 31 July 2016 - 04:56 AM

The "big banks" had nothing to do with it. The two big issues were immigration and money (Leave made a big deal about how the £350m could be better spent, even though both the amount and what it could be spent on turned out to be lies).

Interestingly, May appointed David Davies, a staunch EU-sceptic, as Brexit Minister. His biggest challenge is going to be getting access to the single market while reducing the immigration. Tough one. I think you a massively overplaying the "big banks" issue.

Interestingly, with Labour in utter disarray, May is enjoying an opinion poll lead as big as Thatcher had when she crushed Michael Foot's Labour Party in 1983.

The snap election trigger finger must be feeling pretty itchy in the May household.

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Posted 31 July 2016 - 07:58 PM

I find it hard to see Britain can cut European immigration and still get access to the Single market of EU.



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Posted 01 August 2016 - 01:15 AM

Opinion is split. Some say there's no way we'll ge access to the single market without immigration concessions. Others say Europe want us in the single market so badly that they will be the ones to make concessions.

Time will tell

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Posted 02 August 2016 - 02:28 PM

Don't they get 2 years of negotiations after invoking the article to leave the EU?



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Posted 02 August 2016 - 07:40 PM

Doctorbird. Yes I agree Britain has plenty of time to get it right.



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Posted 05 August 2016 - 05:08 PM

Jack tells us not to believe in class warfare. Banks vs. the U.K. working class -- impossible.

 

So yes, it's impossible that the U.K. working class looked at what is happening to people in Greece, Spain, Italy, etc. and headed for the exit.





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