The head of the Ministry of internal Affairs of the UK Theresa may
Tuesday, 5 July, London hosted the first stage of elections for a new leader of the ruling Conservative party that will replace on a post of the Prime Minister of great Britain David Cameron. The preliminary selection of candidates is carried out intra-faction vote of the members of Parliament from the party. Exactly half of the votes received by the Minister of internal Affairs Theresa may — this is the best result in the first round of intra-party elections in 1995.
The election of a new leader is needed after the last June 23 a national referendum on the British exit from the European Union. After the country voted for Brexit, David Cameron announced his decision to resign and urged the conservatives to choose a new leader and Prime Minister at the party conference in October 2016.
On Monday, June 27, the Executive Committee of the Conservative party announced the beginning of the election procedure and announced the schedule. Potential candidates had to enlist the support of MPs, then during the day (from noon June 29 to noon June 30) to announce his nomination. Now the deputies will vote for all candidates in several rounds, after each of katerinoslavsky the least number of votes will be screened. The second round will be held on Thursday, July 7. Remaining after otsoa the two strongest candidate will be exposed on an all-party vote (all from the conservative party about 150 thousand members). Vote by mail prodlitsya to 8 September, the name of the winner be declared the next day.
Elections without Boris
The most unexpected event of this election race was still at the stage of nomination of candidates. A few hours before the end of nomination process on the intention to become the leader of the party said justice Minister Michael Gove. Gove was one of the leaders of the eurosceptic wing of the party, but the most popular supporter of Brexit among conservatives was the ex-mayor of London Boris Johnson, whom the British press after the referendum was called one of the main candidates for the post of Prime Minister. According to the latest survey sotsiologicheskoi service YouGov (results released the evening of 29 June), by level of support in the party Johnson was second only to the interior Minister Theresa may. Name Gawwa in the study generally did not appear.
But on the morning of 30 June, Gove unexpectedly announced the intention to nominate his candidacy, sharply vyskazalis about Boris Johnson. “Reluctantly, I have come to believe that Boris can’t be your leader and create a team to solve future tasks, — said the politician. — So I decided to nominate his candidacy for the post of leader of the party”. Johnson soon announced that he would not run for the post of leader of the party.
Gove later told the BBC that the decision to move was taken last night, and this supposedly during the week urged party members to support Johnson, but faced with the distrust of the former London mayor. “I realized that waiting tasks should befall someone else. As a supporter of leaving the EU and people with experience in government, I decided that this is my share,” said Gove.
Who is who
Michael Gove considers himself the leading candidate in the party leaders on the part of eurosceptics. But in the primary election on Tuesday, he received only 48 votes, finishing third out of five. A native of Scotland, Gove was a close associate of the future Prime Minister Cameron in the early 1990s, and after coming to the Cameron government entered into its government. The Minister of justice Gove takes a little more than a year before, in the first Cameron’s government, he headed the Ministry of education. On the first post, he devoted himself to the reorganization of the school system, and at the head of the Ministry of justice he engaged in the reorganization of the prison system.
After the announcement of a referendum on Brexit way the companions parted Cameron’s government campaigned against secession, but Gove has become one of the leaders of the campaign “for” and accused Cameron of abuses during the campaign. Now the Minister of justice proposes to introduce stringent immigration rules following the example of Australia. There government every year determines the quota for the number of immigrants and applicants are selected on the basis of their scores (a similar system operates in Russia). The number of points is affected by occupation, age, seniority and knowledge of the English language.
On the other hand, Gove has publicly acknowledged that the application for withdrawal from the EU earlier than 2017 to file would not. Earlier, the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in an ultimatum tone demanded from the future British Prime Minister, whoever that may become, to begin the process of withdrawal the day after the inauguration.
The main opponent Gova — interior Minister Theresa may, who became the leader of inner-party vote on Tuesday, receiving 165 votes or exactly 50%. In the referendum, she took a neutral position, and is now considered a politician capable of uniting a divided party. As explained by the BBC, in fact, Mei is considered to be the enemy of Brexit, although repeatedly urged to respect the will of British.
A geographer by profession, prior to his entering politics, may 20 years working in the financial services industry. Active supporter of gender equality, the first time to work in the government she has combined the post of interior Minister with the post of Minister of women’s Affairs. A sharp and provocative rhetoric may qualify as a “new Margaret Thatcher”, writes The Washington Post. The Guardian compares it to the situation in the Conservative party with the situation, “considered the Director of the school full of Horny students.
As the Minister of internal Affairs may directly responsible for the immigration issue. After the appointment, she promised to reduce immigration to 100 thousand a year. In terms of the influx of refugees it was not easy. For the entire 2015 UK received 630 thousand immigrants and net migration growth of the population amounted to 333 thousand. Citizens of the EU countries is only about half of this thread.
Among leading British politicians Mei is considered to be one of the most consistent critics of the Kremlin. For example, in January, with its support, were published “public investigation” into the death of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko. Then may has accused Russia of “violating the principles of international law and civilized behavior.”
Michael Gove seldom speaks on the subject. In 2014, urging the Scots to vote against quitting the UK, he claimed that the collapse of the country “would be very encouraged by Vladimir Putin.” Last week, commenting on the rejection of the nomination of Johnson Johnson, Gove said that if he becomes Prime Minister will meet with Putin, “he will know that he is dealing with anyone, but not a sucker.”
The role of the second plan
Screened by the candidate after the preliminary round of voting on Tuesday was a former Minister of defence Liam Fox. The rest have until Wednesday morning to decide whether they want to fight next.
SREI remaining candidates most of the media attention attracted by Junior energy Minister Andrea Leeds. Leeds has long been a non-public figure, and the fame vivid demonstrations of support for Brexit. After refusing to participate in the race, her candidacy was supported by the popular Boris Johnson, after which Leeds received the support of skeptics, disillusioned with the actions GOV. This allowed her Tuesday to take second place with 66 votes of colleagues on fraction (20%).
In his post by a Leeds supporter. — responsible for energy security, the oil and gas sector and nuclear energy. However, the Ministry she works only a year before, as Theresa may, Leeds in Finance: both in the government and in the private sector. The first work was the Barclays Bank. After ten years of service, writes the Financial Times, the new management has forced her to return to the full schedule of the day, despite the recent birth of a child. Later, as Secretary of Finance, she spent a tough uncompromising policy towards large banks.
The last of the remaining candidates — labor Minister Stephen Crabb, who received 34 votes in his support. As Theresa may, he was an opponent of the country’s withdrawal from the European Union, but was subsequently called upon to respect the referendum results. The intention to run, he announced 28 June, before the official registration. He has positioned himself as the “candidate of unity”, is able to unite a divided party.