Be warned, Conservatives: a failed leadership bid is not a career-builder - 2020-02-21
There are two types of candidates vying for the Conservative leadership — those who have a plausible chance of winning and those who don't. Only the second category is getting larger.
Maybe the people in this second group think they can pull off an unlikely upset. But if they think they can succeed by failing — that long-shot leadership bids can be parlayed into future political success — they might want to think again. The 2017 leadership race showed that losing is no way to burnish your résumé.
Four candidates have been vetted and approved by the party and are officially in the running for the top job.