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The time is coming for Stewart to decide if he is running to boost his standing or to win.
Johnson's candidacy is well-placed, but he faces two challenges.
The chasing pack will be focussing on making an argument for themselves over their nearest rivals, rather than setting out the case against Johnson.
Some regular Tory rebels felt that the time is not yet ripe, while some Labour MPs feared that the vote would be seen as frustrating Brexit.
The Vauxhall MP is voting for the Brexit she wants. If more MPs had her guts, the deadlock would end.
Nervous Labour and Conservative MPs believe they will get another chance to stop no deal – but they could be taking a big risk.
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If passed, the motion would give MPs control of a single day of the legislative agenda, for purposes as yet undecided.
The Conservative leadership candidate’s lack of firm principle and ideology suggests an accommodation with the EU could be more likely than it looks.
Polling shows Conservative members who support Johnson are even more ideologically unrepresentative of voters than their counterparts.