Tory hell, QR allocations, Ucas data and Hepi Thursday
Time once more to stick our hand into the dumpster fire that is the Conservative Party leadership contest—or as man of science George Freeman called it, “this fabulous festival of talent”. At 5pm yesterday, we discovered that Jeremy Hunt and Nadhim Zahawi would be leaving the contest before the swimwear round.
Hunt was eliminated with the backing of only 18 MPs—which means he lost two supporters since they nominated him for the ballot—while the former education secretary managed to scoop 25 votes from his fellow Conservatives, which does not say much about his prospects of staying in 11 Downing Street after the summer recess. Freeman is, of course, backing Penny Mordaunt, a kind of genetic splicing between Sharron Davies and Marine Le Pen.