McVey for PM? Tatton MP Esther McVey tipped to succeed Theresa May as Conservative Leader
Could the MP for Tatton become the next Prime Minister? That’s what one political expert is predicting, having listed Esther McVey in a list of potential candidates to take over if Theresa May is to leave her position as the leader of the Conservative Party.
Iain Dale – twice radio presenter of the year at the Arqiva awards, and a noted conservative political commentator – wrote about the future of the Tory party leadership in his Sunday Telegraph column last week. Alongside the usual names of Boris Johnson, Philip Hammond and Andrea Leadsom, there were a few outside candidates mentioned – including Esther McVery. Having lost her Wirral West seat in the 2015 general election, McVey took over George Osbourne’s role as the Conservative candidate for Tatton this year – winning the seat with a 14,787 majority.
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In his column, Dale wrote of McVey:
And then there’s Esther McVey who lost her seat in 2015 but is back as MP for Tatton. She wasn’t brought back into government by Theresa May, but that may be a blessing in disguise. If part of the criteria for the job is whether you can imagine her in a TV debate with Jeremy Corbyn, she certainly passes that particular test.
You can read the whole thing on Dale’s website here: http://www.iaindale.com/posts/2017/06/25/who-will-the-next-tory-leader-be
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While the suggestion she is in the race for leader may be a boon for McVey, she may be advised to err on the side of caution: in his final predictions before this years general election, Iain Dale forecast a Conservative majority of 122 – something which proved to be very far from what transpired.