Letters: Curtailing the Tory leadership race would be unfair and irresponsible

Boris Johnson launching his campaign
Boris Johnson at the launch of his campaign Credit: stefan rousseau/pa

SIR – It is widely believed that Boris Johnson will be the next leader of the Conservative Party. David Kilpatrick (Letters, June 14) argues that the election process should therefore be curtailed to save time, in view of the Brexit deadline in October. However, changing the rules of the game once it has started smacks of sharp practice. All candidates must receive full scrutiny.

Norman Macfarlane
Kingston upon Thames, Surrey


SIR – The hustings are a waste of time and money. It is only when the number of candidates has been whittled down to two that party members will have any direct influence.

Members can already express their candidate preferences to their MP.

Trevor Pepper
St Austell, Cornwall...

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