Tory leadership candidates have insisted there must be no unchallenged “coronation” for frontrunner Boris Johnson at the latest round of hustings، as t he Guardian said.
Senior cabinet ministers were reported to have hatched plans to force other candidates to withdraw from the race after Johnson comfortably topped the poll in the first ballot of MPs this week.
Among the rivals condemning the revelation were the home secretary، Sajid Javid، and Rory Stewart، who both insisted there must be a proper contest.
As he arrived at leadership hustings for the party grassroots organised by the National Conservative Convention on Saturday، Javid said senior figures should learn from the mistakes of the last leadership contest in which Theresa May went through without opposition after Andrea Leadsom dropped out.
“The party and the country deserve a good choice،” he told reporters outside the event. “I don’t want to see a coronation. There needs to be a proper process that’s followed through.
“We had a coronation the last time. That didn’t work out well so let’s not make the same mistake again.”