(Original post by Zarek)
One of the main reasons she's still in her job is there is no one any good to take over. Only Tory with a bit about them is Ruth Davidson and she's too busy giving birth and ruled herself out for mental health reasons anyway.
"one of the main reasons she's still in her job is there is no one any good to take over"
- not true, and an awful statement that's thrown about by people who don't follow conservative politics.
Its wrong for two reasons:
1, there are plenty of prominent Tory MPs who would not look out of place as a party leader, compared to party leaders of the past 50 years
2, you don't need household recognition or a great CV external to the conservative party to become the leader.. May was not famous, nor widely loved or liked outside of her party before she became the leader. Cameron was the underdog who was very un-thought of before he beat a lot of the more senior competition to become leader etc. etc.
The prime candidate within the party is clearly Gove. Yes he is hated outside of the party - but within conservative political circles he is very popular and well-liked. JRM has stolen the populous backing that boris used to get, so on a trump-style scenario, he prove to be a good leader. As you pointed out, ruth davidson post-baby would be hugely electorally viable (even if a bit to liberal for some conservatives). David davis may fancy another go at leadership, and has plenty of experience behind him.
Or.. if they wanted to be really ruthless Javid or Cleverly would give them the first non-white mainstream political leader. Both of which are comfortable on the media and would steal swaths of the middleclass who see it as progressive to have a non-white leader.
There are even more options then that.. the point is, you don't need to be a household name with years of experiance to end up being a succesful party leader.
the reason that May is still the leader has nothing to do with a lack of replacements.. and all to do with a sizable number of tory rebels who don't believe they could win an election due to how brexit has been handled.. and would rather have a handcuffed may in power than corbyn.
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