UK Conservative Leadership Race: Braverman Knocked Out

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    The Facts

    • UK Attorney General Suella Braverman has been eliminated from the Conservative Party leadership race, coming last in the second round of voting with 27 votes. She received five votes less on Thurs. then she did on Wed.

    • Braverman - a candidate to the right of the party and a committed supporter of Brexit - will miss out on competing in the first televised debates of the leadership race, set for Fri. and Sat.


    The Spin

    Right narrative

    This race is a key opportunity for the Tory Party to reset its priorities after over a decade in power. Britain spends too much on providing collective social services. Although candidates are suggesting they will reduce the size of the state, whoever prevails needs to pursue a more absolute reform and repurposing of welfare to protect the UK's entrepreneurship and economy.

    Left narrative

    The leadership candidates' compulsive focus on cutting taxes and returning spending to a more firmly conservative fiscal policy is nonsensical. While the candidates for the next PM seek victory by starving already-emaciated public services, voters suffering through a cost-of-living crisis will also ask how to survive through a selfishly motivated renewal of austerity.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 1% chance that Tom Tugendhat will win the next UK Conservative Party leadership election, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


    Political split

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