No Free Run
Mr Rifkind’s joining of the race, means that Davis will have a proper fight on his hands.
Malcolm Rifkind launched his bid with a speech where he claimed what the Americans call “Compassionate Conservatism” for himself.
He called on the Conservative Party "to build on the one nation tradition" by reforming the tax and welfare systems not only to spur wealth creation but also to provide more revenue to help the needy.Like his main rival, he also used the words of a previous Conservative Prime Minister.
He recalled Harold Macmillan's comment that if the Conservatives were seen not to care about the old, sick and poor, they would be unelectable, and would deserve to be.I still prefer Churchill.
The race is likely to get more crowded as Damian Green, Alan Duncan and Tim Yeo look set to launch their bids in the coming weeks.