ANDREW PIERCE: David Cameron helps Boris Johnson in race for No. 10

ANDREW PIERCE: ‘Old pal’ David Cameron helps Boris Johnson in race for No. 10

When Boris Johnson gave his friend David Cameron just ten minutes’ notice that he was backing Leave in the EU Referendum — a devastating blow to the then Prime Minister and the Remain campaign — a serious rift opened up.

They’d long been school, university and political rivals, but enjoyed a good relationship. 

For Cameron, it was a bitter betrayal. However, he said later: ‘We are still friends — just not such good friends.’

When Boris Johnson (above) gave his friend David Cameron just ten minutes’ notice that he was backing Leave in the EU Referendum — a devastating blow to the then Prime Minister and the Remain campaign — a serious rift opened up

In a twist, I now hear that Cameron is quietly advising Boris on his Tory leadership campaign. 

After he romped home first in last week’s ballot, Boris headed to the Carlton Club in St James, the spiritual home of the Conservative Party, where was spotted locked in conversation with the former PM.

I hear that Cameron had initially privately supported Health Secretary Matt Hancock who, at just 40, had positioned himself as the next-generation candidate. He withdrew from the contest on Friday after securing just 20 votes.

But it seems Cameron has always assumed that Boris would win — gaffes or revelations permitting — and clearly wants to give his two cents. 

One Cameron confidant told me: ‘David is delighted to be asked to give advice and he buried the hatchet with Boris long ago.’

Could Boris be trying to persuade Cameron to take a seat in the House of Lords and serve in his Cabinet? Incidentally, there is no sign of a thaw in Cameron’s relations with Michael Gove, whom he’s yet to forgive for backing Brexit. Johnson and Gove are pictured on the morning after the Brexit vote

There is another theory. Could Boris be trying to persuade Cameron to take a seat in the House of Lords and serve in his Cabinet?

Incidentally, there is no sign of a thaw in Cameron’s relations with Michael Gove, whom he’s yet to forgive for backing Brexit. 

In his upcoming memoirs, For The Record, he singles out Gove, the man credited with being the intellectual powerhouse behind Brexit, for special criticism.

Make your mind up, Rory!

Is Tory leadership hopeful Rory Stewart at risk of sabotaging himself with mixed messages?

He told Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage on LBC yesterday that ‘we need to find a way, as a party, of reaching out to you and bring you in to try to work out how we get this [Brexit] through Parliament’. 

Yet earlier, on the Andrew Marr Show, Stewart — a Remainer who says the Tories must deliver Brexit — said he’d flatly refuse to serve in a Boris Johnson Cabinet.

Or would he? On Friday he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that he would be ‘honoured to serve’ the former Mayor of London. Within minutes, he was on Good Morning Britain saying he wouldn’t…

Make your mind up, Rory. If you don’t, how can your fellow MPs?

Is Tory leadership hopeful Rory Stewart at risk of sabotaging himself with mixed messages? He told Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage on LBC yesterday that ‘we need to find a way, as a party, of reaching out to you and bring you in to try to work out how we get this [Brexit] through Parliament’ [File photo]

Speaking on Nick Ferrari’s LBC radio show this week, Lord Young, who was Margaret Thatcher’s Trade Secretary, said: ‘I think Margaret Thatcher would probably opt for Dominic Raab. He has the sort of policies and the look that would appeal to her.’

The Iron Lady certainly wasn’t immune to a clean cut, manly visage!

Tipped by some as a future Labour leader, Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner has attempted to exploit the ‘collapse’ of Change UK. 

She posted a photo of an empty telephone box with the caption: ‘Change UK new HQ.’

To which the former Labour MP and now Independent for Dudley North Ian Austin replied: ‘Tragically, Angela, you could get the number of members of the Shadow Cabinet with the decency and guts to speak out about racism in the Labour Party in that phone box, too.’ Quite right, Ian.

Tipped by some as a future Labour leader, Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner has attempted to exploit the ‘collapse’ of Change UK. She posted a photo of an empty telephone box with the caption: ‘Change UK new HQ’

Jezza’s very short-term memory 

Jeremy Corbyn posted a tweet at the weekend saying: ‘We should strive to create a society that allows every LGBT+ person the right to be open about who they are without fear.’ 

Well said, Jeremy. Unfortunately, this is the same Labour leader who took £20,000 for appearances on Press TV, the mouthpiece of the Iranian government — an abhorrent regime which publicly executes gay men. 

Yet another example of ‘do as I say, not as I do’ from this hypocrite. 

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