Michael Gove remains the bookies’ favourite to succeed Theresa May as Conservative Party leader. Starting with Mr Gove, Professor Tim Bale listed the key strengths and weaknesses of the 10 MPs given the best odds by William Hill as of Thursday. On Michael Gove, Professor Bale said: Strengths: “Great parliamentary performer. Pretty good in the media. Has performed well as a minister.” Weaknesses: “Stabbed Boris in the front during the last leadership contest. So there’s a question about his reliability. And he’s not particularly popular with the public because of his time as education secretary.”
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