School of Politics and International Relations

Pro-Brexit Tories Move to Prevent Leadership Contest ‘Stitch-Up’

29 May 2019

Pro-Brexit Conservative members of Parliament will hold their own hustings and votes on the party’s leadership candidates to try to ensure their choice makes it to the final pair grassroots members will choose from. A crowded field makes it harder for candidates to build momentum, as well as making it more difficult for supporter groups to vote tactically, according to Tim Bale, a Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London. “Once the ballot is underway MPs will be changing who they vote for as candidates are knocked out, and it’s very hard to coordinate behind any one candidate until the later rounds,” he said.

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Professor Bale also published an opinion piece for Politico