The Tories who could be the next Prime Minister and what they've said about Ireland
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The Tories who could be the next Prime Minister and what they've said about Ireland

 

1.Theresa May

Age:59

Job: Home Secretary/ MP for Maidenhead since 1997

Family: Married Philip May in 1980. No children.

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What she's said about Ireland: She told The Irish Times in June: "It is inconceivable that a vote for Brexit would not have a negative impact on the North/South Border, bringing cost and disruption to trade and to people’s lives.” Put simply, Northern Ireland outside the EU could not prevent free movement and continue with an open North/South Border.”

Notorious for: The Nasty Party. The phrase was first used in October 2002 by Theresa May, the then Chairman of the Conservative Party, when she said: "There's a lot we need to do in this party of ours. Our base is too narrow and so, occasionally, are our sympathies. You know what some people call us – the Nasty Party."

The term "Nasty Party" applied to Conservative Party members with traditional conservative stances, which included lacking concern for the poor, being anti-gay and anti-minorities.

Paddy Power odds: 1/4 (Favorite to win)

What Twitter's saying about her:

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2. Andrea Leadsom 

Age:53

Family: Married Ben Leadsom in 1993 and has two sons and one daughter

Job: Minister of State for Energy/ MP for South Northhamptonshire since 2010

What she's said about Ireland:  "Let's get Scots and Irish on side and make Brexit work." 

Notorious for: Being one of only five MPs to abstain on the vote for gay marriage. "I find myself genuinely torn... I cannot vote against a measure that would mean so much to the minority of homosexual couples for whom marriage is the ultimate recognition for their genuine feelings for each other. Yet nor can I vote for a measure that risks centuries of faith-based belief in marriage." 

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Paddy Power odds: 9/2

What Twitter's saying about her:

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3. Michael Gove

Age:48

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Family: Married Sarah Vine in 2001 and has two daughters.

Job: Justice Secretary/ MP for Surrey Heath since 2005

What he's said about Ireland: "The hollowing out of Northern Ireland's Britishness is a progressive process, whereby the British state divests itself of responsibilities and strips the province of evidence of its British character"

Notorious for: Flipflopping“There are lots of other folk, including in the Cabinet who could easily be prime minister, I am not one of them. I could not be prime minister, I am not equipped to be prime minister, I don’t want to be prime minister,” he told BBC Radio 4 World at One.

Paddy Power odds: 10/1

What Twitter's saying about him:

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4. Stephen Crabb

Age:48

Family: Married to Béatrice Monnier with a son and a daughter

Job: Work and Pensions Secretary /MP for Preseli Prembrokeshire since 2005

What he's said about Ireland: "I would start by reminding my honourable Friend that Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are nations, not regions."

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Notorious for:  Being brought up by a single mother and going on to become a Tory. "I had a mother who, as we got older, moved progressively from a position of complete welfare dependency to being fully economically independent, working full-time." And that has to be the model of the way the welfare system should work."

Paddy Power odds: 25/1

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Age:54

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Family: Married Jesme Baird in 2005. No children

Job: Former Defence Secretary /MP for North Somerset since 1992

What he's said about Ireland: Not much, yet.

Notorious for:  Resigning as Defence Secretary in 2011 for breaking the ministerial code by allowing his close friend and best man, Adam Werrity, to take up an unofficial and undeclared role in which he attended meetings at the Ministry of Defence without first obtaining security clearance. In his resignation letter, Mr Fox said he had "mistakenly allowed the distinction between my personal interest and my government activities to become blurred". "The consequences of this have become clearer in recent days," he added. "I am very sorry for this." he told the BBC.

Paddy Power odds: 33/1

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