Runner-up in Tory leadership race to drop down into Lib Dem contest

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The runner-up in the race to become the next leader of the Conservative Party is to be ‘parachuted’ into the contest to lead the Liberal Democrats as a consolation prize, it has emerged.

Both parties are seeking to elect new leaders after Theresa May and Sir Vince Cable announced that they would be resigning from their current roles.

‘All those taking part have agreed that to make both contests more interesting whoever finishes second in the Conservative Party run-off will be able to enter into the race to become the next Lib Dem leader’ says political analyst Stephen Chalmers, who came up with the idea.

‘It’s like in European football where if you finish 3rd in your Champions’ League group you drop down and compete in the Europa League instead, at least then there’s some consolation for battling your way through to the final 2 in the Tory contest. The winner gets to become Prime Minister and the runner-up still has a chance to win the booby prize and become leader of the Lib Dems’.

The race to become Prime Minister is due to be completed in July with the Lib Dem contest starting immediately afterwards.

‘The Lib Dem race will also be whittled down to the last 2’ says Chalmers. ‘For instance we could have Jo Swinson facing off against on Michael Gove’.

‘‘And just like the Europa League the final showdown will be in Baku where the last 2 standing will take part in a live television debate. At least that’s what we’ll tell them, if it is Jo Swinson and Michael Gove we might just fly them out to Baku and leave them there’.

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