Ken Clarke lets rip at 'ridiculous' Boris, 'wild' Gove and 'bloody difficult' May

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5th July 2016

Ken Clarke tore into the Tory leadership contenders today... when he didn't realise the camera was running.

Ken Clarke was caught off guard in the Sky News studio
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The former Chancellor was having a pre-interview chat with fellow Tory grandee Sir Malcolm Rifkind, unaware the Sky News cameras were already firmly on him - and running. 

Here's Ken on: 

Theresa May - "Theresa’s a bloody difficult woman, but you and I worked for Margaret Thatcher…I get on alright with her and she is good. She’s too narrow on Home department, the thing I don’t know, she’s been at the Home Office far too long so I only know in detail what her views are on the Home Office, she doesn’t know much about foreign affairs."

Michael Gove - "I don’t think the membership will vote for Gove. I remember being in a discussion once about something we should do in somewhere like Syria or Iraq and he was so wild I remember exchanging looks with Liam Fox, who’s much more right-wing than me, but we exchanged views and Liam was raising eyebrows and I think with Michael as Prime Minister we’d go to war with at least three countries at once."

Boris Johnson -  "[Gove] did us all a favour by getting rid of Boris. The idea of Boris as Prime Minister is ridiculous...I don’t think either Andrea Leadsom or Boris Johnson actually were in favour of leaving the European Union. It was the obvious thing that the voters, ie Conservative party members, are going to vote Leave."

Andrea Leadsom - "She’s had a Pauline conversion and she does have experience in the City and the Bank of England and she’s not one of the mindless, tiny band of lunatics who think we can have a sort of glorious economic future outside the Single Market. So long as she understands she’s not to deliver on some of the extremely stupid things she’s been saying, I hope these two we’re going to see today prove me wrong. It’s Stephen and Theresa, one of them’s actually begun to have the slightest idea of what they’re going to do."