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    In recent days we've seen a number of personal attacks against David Cameron in the papers from key Brexit figures, there is also speculation that the Brexit camp will move against him regardless of the result.

    My question to you all is what should happen assuming a Remain vote and subsequent attack for the Tory leadership. Imagine for example that Cameron won that confidence vote (i'm not sure he's submissive enough to simply resign), should his first act be to sack the likes of Gove and Boris or should he still seek unification.
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    (Original post by Rakas21)
    In recent days we've seen a number of personal attacks against David Cameron in the papers from key Brexit figures, there is also speculation that the Brexit camp will move against him regardless of the result.

    My question to you all is what should happen assuming a Remain vote and subsequent attack for the Tory leadership. Imagine for example that Cameron won that confidence vote (i'm not sure he's submissive enough to simply resign), should his first act be to sack the likes of Gove and Boris or should he still seek unification.
    I feel Cameron will aim for a reconciliation reshuffle and unfortunately he'll probably do just fine, albeit temporarily.

    Cameron's biggest asset as others have mentioned is his ability to look sure footed on very thin ice. The real problems imo start after Cameron steps down. I don't think Tories have anyone quite like him.
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    Whatever happens, the Tory party is going to rip itself to pieces. Calling this referendum from a party point of view was the dumbest thing they have done yet... and in recent years they have done some pretty dumb things.
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    (Original post by Rakas21)
    In recent days we've seen a number of personal attacks against David Cameron in the papers from key Brexit figures, there is also speculation that the Brexit camp will move against him regardless of the result.

    My question to you all is what should happen assuming a Remain vote and subsequent attack for the Tory leadership. Imagine for example that Cameron won that confidence vote (i'm not sure he's submissive enough to simply resign), should his first act be to sack the likes of Gove and Boris or should he still seek unification.
    I think he should be judicious about who he keeps onside and who he casts in to the long grass. The best unification movement would be to give Gove a position like Home Secretary and Deputy Leader. One thing with Gove is he's an ideologue more than a political operator. He isn't particularly good at politics. If you put him in a job like Home Sec he will have very clear ideas of things he wants to do, they will no doubt be controversial, and he will absorb himself in fighting battles with the people in that area to get what he wants done, and that will occupy him.

    Grayling - keep him in Cabinet. He's not a credible leadership contender. The weakness is he isn't really a stellar performer either. Give him a lower ranking job.

    Liam Fox - invite him back. He's a decent enough guy and he hasn't fought dirty. He is Ministerial material so bring him back in to Cabinet.

    Andrea Leadsome - promote her, she is potentially a very good Conservative for the party brand - she is confident, strong willed but doesn't have the immaturity and Bullingdon nonsense of some of the other leadership contenders. Give her a big job and groom her as a potential future leader. I think Leadsome will appeal to the kind of marginal middle England voter who will vote Labour for someone like Blair or would vote Conservative for someone who looks like they will get the job done with no fuss but also has a general sense of fair play rather than sneering against the poor.

    Priti Patel and Boris - no, leave them on the backbenches. They will make outlandish statements and seek attention but they aren't credible Ministerial material. You don't want these types in Cabinet as they will be a liability to the Government.
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    (Original post by MagicNMedicine)
    I think he should be judicious about who he keeps onside and who he casts in to the long grass. The best unification movement would be to give Gove a position like Home Secretary and Deputy Leader. One thing with Gove is he's an ideologue more than a political operator. He isn't particularly good at politics. If you put him in a job like Home Sec he will have very clear ideas of things he wants to do, they will no doubt be controversial, and he will absorb himself in fighting battles with the people in that area to get what he wants done, and that will occupy him.

    Grayling - keep him in Cabinet. He's not a credible leadership contender. The weakness is he isn't really a stellar performer either. Give him a lower ranking job.

    Liam Fox - invite him back. He's a decent enough guy and he hasn't fought dirty. He is Ministerial material so bring him back in to Cabinet.

    Andrea Leadsome - promote her, she is potentially a very good Conservative for the party brand - she is confident, strong willed but doesn't have the immaturity and Bullingdon nonsense of some of the other leadership contenders. Give her a big job and groom her as a potential future leader. I think Leadsome will appeal to the kind of marginal middle England voter who will vote Labour for someone like Blair or would vote Conservative for someone who looks like they will get the job done with no fuss but also has a general sense of fair play rather than sneering against the poor.

    Priti Patel and Boris - no, leave them on the backbenches. They will make outlandish statements and seek attention but they aren't credible Ministerial material. You don't want these types in Cabinet as they will be a liability to the Government.
    Are you kidding me? Boris is ministerial material. He could go for Prime Minister if he chooses. He is by far the most popular member of the Conservative Party.
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    (Original post by inspiringtop123)
    Are you kidding me? Boris is ministerial material. He could go for Prime Minister if he chooses. He is by far the most popular member of the Conservative Party.
    There's a big difference between a figurehead and a competent cabinet minister. May has the charisma of a damp rag but she's strong and good at her job.
 
 
 
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