Only one Tory reinforced his position as the leader of the chasing pack during the leadership debate 

Sunday evening saw the Tory leadership race contestants go head to head for the first time in a televised debate. But who came out on top? Here's my take on the Channel 4 leadership debates. 

Michael Gove

Every underdog candidate in a leadership election needs a game-changing moment, and Michael Gove needs this more than most. This did not provide it. He was overprepared, too full of pre-prepared lines and too forced.

Repeating you have a record of delivery doesn’t cut the mustard. I suspect the word ‘delivery’ was Gove’s equivalent of ‘I agree with Nick’.

Gove was, as usual, very eloquent and spoke with great clarity, but apart from praising his own record, it’s difficult to take away any great...

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