Runners and riders

Penny Mordaunt’s elevation and Karen Bradley’s seat in the all-important marginal Midlands do nothing if not shorten the odds on the Conservatives having a third female PM before Labour has even had its first. It’s a busy field, though… After a few glasses of wine, a Cabinet Minister told us more than 20 names are in the hat for May’s replacement. The Tories will seek more consensus before acting, so as to avoid a drawn out race.

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