A meeting at the Park Lane roles of the Australian super-strategist Sir Lynton Crosby.
Team Boris are surprised by the look of Gove’s youthful eminence grise, Dominic Cummings. His exclusion has already been challenged.
Then comes the first public hint of unease.
An e-mail from Vine to her husband Gove meets its room to journalists.
“One simple letter: you MUST have SPECIFIC self-confidences from Boris OTHERWISE you cannot pledge your foundation, ” it says.
She tells him: “Do not confess any grounds. Be your tenacious best.”
Adding: “The details can be worked out later on, but without that you have no leverage.
“Crucially, the membership will not have the necessary reassurance to back Boris, neither will Dacre/ Murdoch[ the writer of the Daily Mail and News International boss respectively ], who instinctively detest Boris but trust your ability enough to support a Boris/ Gove ticket.”
Team Boris say they have 63 MPs solidly backing them.
The critical daylight.
10 Greycoat Place, near London’s Victoria station, is established as the Johnson/ Gove HQ.
Team Boris report they have 97 MPs “locked in solid”.
Boris goes to a Republican MPs’ party at Westminster.
There are suggestions from Gove’s side that Boris bloopers this and assist is draining away.