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Want to stop Boris? More Tories should follow Heseltine and join the resistance

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Michael Heseltine knows how to make a grand exit. The man who famously got himself suspended from parliament for swinging the mace, before going on to storm out of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet over the Westland helicopter scandal, has now lost the Tory whip for threatening to vote Liberal Democrat in this week’s European parliament elections. The door has been left wide open for a return, but while he may not want to leave, Hezza evidently doesn’t intend to take his party’s descent into madness lying down. Which is more than can be said for some of his colleagues.

Boris Johnson, we have been earnestly assured for years, would struggle to become leader because plenty of Tory MPs would lie down in front of a bulldozer rather than let him through to a ballot of the membership. Those who had seen his shortcomings up close would not risk him dazzling those who haven’t. They have had more than enough time to think about how that would work in practice yet when the One Nation group of Conservative MPs, the natural home of the moderate if not exclusively the pro-remain, met to discuss the leadership contest it was at pains to stress it wasn’t plotting to “stop Boris”. The group may come out against Dominic Raab, Esther McVey and Andrea Leadsom – the hard Brexiters who aren’t as likely to win – but not Johnson, with........

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