a trail of what can best be called political murders the leadership
contest in Britain’s Conservative party is over. The person left
standing – since all the other candidates have either killed each
other off or politically imploded – is Home Secretary Theresa May.
clears the way for Theresa May to become Prime Minister, taking over
from David Cameron. Hopefully the transition should now be quick,
taking place within the next few hours or days.
the self-destruction of Boris Johnson, Theresa May was the obvious
and correct candidate. Whilst she comes from the liberal wing of the
Conservative party, she is known to be hardworking and efficient and
has managed to navigate the party’s intrigues with unerring skill.
Her success in running the Home Office – one of the most
complicated departments of the British government and the graveyard
of many political reputations – without any major scandal has been
remarkable. She even managed to face down one of the most powerful
and dangerous lobbies in British public life – the Police
Federation – without suffering any damage.
for myself, I have a particular reason to think well of Theresa May.
She was a strong opponent of the setting up of the Public Inquiry
into Litvinenko’s death, initially refusing permission for it until
overruled by the High Court. As I explained in an exhaustive analysis
I did on the Inquiry, she was absolutely right to oppose it. When the
Inquiry finally delivered its report – saying Putin and the Russian
authorities “probably” murdered Litvinenko – her response was
notably unenthusiastic, suggesting that she continued to hold to her
suggests a level head and points to someone who is not obsessed with
playing to the gallery or following political fashions. If so then
that makes Theresa May the right candidate for the Conservative party
to elect as Conservative leader and British Prime Minister at the