One likely contender for the Tory leadership
if Theresa May is forced out, P45 time, is apparently Work & Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, of whom we already think, oh my gawd! As a newspaper reports today, her wafer-thin 346 majority in her Hastings constituency is a serious impediment to her chances.
It’s why she’s been linked to the neighbouring Mid Sussex seat
“Tory majority 19,673 but sitting MP Sir Nicholas Soames has dismissed the talk of her taking over with a characteristic “balls”. So what should we make of the fact Rudd was spotted at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ reserve Minsmere?
“It’s in the Suffolk Coastal constituency, Tory majority 16,000. Coincidentally, Rudd was the guest speaker at the Suffolk Coastal Conservatives annual dinner last October.
“Current MP Therese Coffey was seriously ill last year and had an emergency brain operation after an ear infection went ‘disastrously wrong’. If Coffey stands down, will the good folk of East Suffolk (who voted 60 per cent in favour of leaving the EU) want arch-remainer Rudd parachuted in?
“A typical constituency view is ‘We don’t want another ‘blow-in’ (non-local).’ This is a reference to their current MP being a Liverpudlian. More opposition to Rudd came from a visitor to the Minsmere bird reserve. He cheekily likened her to her ornithological namesake, the Ruddy Duck”.
Incidentally, having already shown our very own preening, but useless to Town Green local councillor, with Rudd, it seems not to have been the first time they met.
People will be talking! He has a history of “who can I be seen with” pics. Vanity perhaps?