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Toby Young
Friday 14th June 2019

Complacent frontrunners ought to be wary of dismissing Rory Stewart as a 'vanity candidate'


put £20 on Rory Stewart yesterday morning to be in the final two of the Tory leadership contest. I got 8/1, but those odds have now shortened to 5/1, not far behind Michael Gove (9/4). Rory is now officially the dark horse candidate.

He doesn’t have a hope of winning, of course. He’s made no bones about the fact that he will do everything in his power to stop a no deal Brexit and 66 per cent of Conservative Party members are in favour of no deal. But he seems to be emerging as the favourite of the Tory Remainers. And according, to a poll for the Conservative Home website, he is now the second-most popular candidate after Boris.

Rory began the campaign as the comedy candidate, with his amateurish social media campaign and his confession about smoking opium. A rank outsider whom most people thought would fail to secure the backing of enough MPs to get on the ballot, he was dismissed as an attention seeker who was more interested in re-tweets than votes. (To read more, click here.)

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