Leadership race live: Sajid Javid calls Boris 'yesterday's news'

Sajid Javid is the final leadership candidate to launch his campaign

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Today, Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid are set to launch their leadership campaigns.

Refresh this page for the latest updates from the Conservative leadership race.

 

18.30 - Sajid Javid attacks Boris

Sajid Javid has promised to deliver “a new kind of leadership from a new kind of leader” in his campaign launch.

He said the Conservative Party must widen its appeal, and it needs “tomorrow’s leader today”.

Mr Javid said frontrunner Boris Johnson was “yesterday’s news” and only he can be the candidate for change.

The event was was delayed for over an hour by a failed attempt to block a no-deal Brexit in Parliament.

Mr Javid did not support the Labour motion, and said having a new team in charge of Brexit discussions would make a difference.

He was the last of the leadership hopefuls to launch their campaign.

The vote to narrow down the contenders will start tomorrow.

 

11.30 - Jeremy Corbyn under fire

During his speech to delegates at his leadership launch event, Johnson took a swipe at Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.

He said if he became Prime Minister he would take on the opposition leader's "red-toothed, red-clawed socialism".

"Delay means defeat. Delay means Corbyn. Kick the can and we kick the bucket," he told the audience.

Towards the end of his speech, he branded Corbyn a threat "to our fundamental values and way of life".

 

11.00 - Delegates arrive at 'Back Boris' campaign launch

Among attendees were Treasure chief secretary Liz Truss and housing secretary James Brokenshire.

They were flanked by anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray.

 

10.30 - Boris firm favourite with Tories

Boris Johnson has the support of 74 MPs ahead of his official campaign launch at 11am today, placing him way ahead of the other leadership candidates.

In second place is Jeremy Hunt with the backing of 32 Tory MPs, followed by Michael Gove in third place with 30 backers.

Dominic Raab currently has 22, while Sajid Javid - who also launches his campaign today - has 19.

Health secretary Matt Hancock has the support of 16, Mark Harper has eight, and Esther McVey has six.

Despite a large turnout to his campaign launch yesterday, Rory Stewart has just seven backers.

In last place is Andrea Leadsom with five.

 

09.00 - Gove's wife defends his cocaine admission

Columnist Sarah Vine has defended her husband, Conservative leadership hopeful Michael Gove, over his admission of using cocaine in the 1990s.

In a column in the Daily Mail, Ms Vine said he showed "courage", but admitted that "he should have 'fessed up sooner'".

"Should one lapse of judgment negate years of good work?" she asked.

Following the environment secretary's drug confession last week, a number of his fellow leadership contenders revealed their own.

Among them were Jeremy Hunt who revealed he had consumed a cannabis lassi, and Andrea Leadsom, who confessed to smoking marijuana at university.