The Conservative Party follows Henry the Eighth

Theresa May has survived the Conservative leadership contest, bringing to mind the old rhyme about the wives of Henry VIII: divorced, beheaded died; divorced, beheaded, survived.

Boris Johnson – did not stand after break-up with Gove – Catherine of Aragon – divorced
Liam Fox – eliminated by vote – Anne Boleyn – beheaded
Stephen Crabb – stood down – Jane Seymour – died
Michael Gove – eliminated by vote – after losing favour after falling out with Johnson – Anne of Cleves – divorced
Andrea Leadsom – stood down – Catherine Howard – beheaded
Theresa May – survived – Catherine Parr – survived

Alright, it doesn’t quite work! However, I believe the only major fly in the ointment is that Leadsom and Gove should be reversed to make the analogy work better.

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The 2016 Conservative Party Leadership Election

Harold Wilson said “A week is a long time in politics”. How right he was!

Following the shock Referendum result for Britain to leave the European Union, Boris Johnson became the firm favourite to become the new leader of the Conservative Party. However, when the runners and riders were declared he was not one one of the five candidates. Instead his erstwhile friend Michael Gove had put himself forward, having discovered in the preceding couple of days that Boris did not have what it takes.

The in-fighting had begun. Or, maybe, it had started a long-time ago with rumours of long-running feuds through the party.

Meanwhile the Labour Party were in turmoil with Jeremy Corbyn receiving a resounding vote of no confidence from his fellow MPs in the Parliamentary Labour Party.

To find out more read our Conservative leadership contest special.

Interesting times ahead!