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    Esther McVey Announces She Is To Run for Tory Leadership

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    Theresa May is expected to step down from the leadership of the Conservative Party this year after failing to deliver Brexit on time. Boris Johnson is the clear favourite but several other Tory MPs are expected to throw their hats in the ring.

    Former TV presenter Esther McVey has confirmed she will be running for the leadership of the Conservative Party.

    "I've always said quite clearly if I got enough support from colleagues then yes I would, and now people have come forward and I have got that support. So I will be going forward," she told Talk Radio.

    ​McVey lost her seat at the 2015 general election but returned two years later when she was parachuted into the safe seat of Tatton in Cheshire, formerly held by the Chancellor George Osborne.

    She is a 50-1 outsider to become leader and Prime Minister.

    ​McVey resigned as Welfare Secretary in November 2018, as she was opposed to Theresa May's Brexit deal.

    ​She said the Brexit deal did "not honour the result of the referendum", adding that the UK was ready for a no-deal Brexit scenario and slammed naysayers as "arch Remainers" determined to "turn around the vote of the people". 

    ​The thing about Esther McVey running for Tory leader is that if she loses she’ll just deny she’s lost. Eventually it’ll be so awkward they’ll let her be PM. Like in that Jam sketch.

    ​Esther McVey is probably the only candidate who, if she were to become Prime Minister, could manage to make us look back fondly on Theresa May.


    In January Ms. McVey described herself as a "compassionate Conservative", to widespread derision. Her stewardship of the Universal Credit programme has been lambasted by MPs and benefits claimants, and she was forced to admit some UK citizens would be worse off under the new system.    


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