The Andrea Leadsom march on parliament was a terrifying sign of things to come

Joseph Vesey-Byrne@josephedwardvb
Thursday 07 July 2016 14:30
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For the umpteenth time in recent weeks, the streets of Britain were once again crowded with protesters. What cause had so stirred the people into revolt Brexit? The Iraq Inquiry? Erm, no, actually. It was Andrea Leadsom.

The march by activists is rather out of step from usual Conservative tactics. Perhaps they wanted to give the Labour Party a break from its cycle of resignations and demonstrations.

If you've ever wondered what a bunch of middle-aged Tories who've never been to a protest before looks like, you're in for a treat.

Campaigners for Tory leadership candidate and Brexiteer Andrea Leadsom led a march on Parliament. Leadsom herself got in a car.

The walk to parliament was led in a revolutionary chant by comrade and campaign manager Tim Loughton, who sounds like he might have inhaled some helium.

The crowd's reaction is... well. It more closely resembles a sponsored walk than a charge on the barricades.

What do we want? Leadsom for Leader. When do we want it? NOW.

The rather un-Conservative demonstration has drawn smiles from fellow party members. Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, noted of Norther Ireland Seretary Theresa Villiers:

Tory MPs are due to be balloted a second time later on Thursday in order to whittle down the candidates for PM to a top two.

Leadsom came second in the first ballot last week, ahead of fellow Brexiteer Michael Gove. Theresa May secured the support of more than half of the parliamentary party.

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