Title Tory leadership: What the diverse line-up means for UK politics Media name/outlet BBC News Media type Web Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 14/07/22 Description Rob Ford, professor of political science at Manchester University, said Mr Cameron "deserves credit" for persuading local Conservative associations to adopt diverse candidates, whether they were on the A-list or not.
The fact that many have risen rapidly through the ranks, into cabinet positions and are now leadership contenders, is no accident either, he argues.
"Cameron wasn't just looking for anyone off the street. They were looking to get really impressive, high flying people from diverse backgrounds."
There is a sense that "their time has come", argues Professor Ford. "They are not just seeing themselves as the right people for this moment, they are being seen by colleagues as right for the moment."
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-62150063 Persons Robert Ford
- UK politics
- Conservative Party