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Six things people get wrong about the Conservative leadership contest

The process to select our new PM is well underway but much of the commentary has been misleading at best

By Philip Cowley  

Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

The race for the Conservative leadership—and the keys to No 10—is well underway. An enormous cast of candidates have thrown their hats in the ring and the first round of voting is upon us. Here are five things that I think people are getting wrong or misunderstanding about the contest.

The chances of the favourite

It has become received wisdom that the favourite never wins—in this case Boris Johnson. It’s been true in every contest since 1965, sure, but this isn’t some iron law…

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