Friday, 12 Aug 2022

Tory leadership hopeful Tom Tugendhat channels his inner Dumbledore in TV debate

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Conservative leadership hopeful Tom Tugendhat appeared to channel his inner Albus Dumbledore as the first of three live TV debates kicked off tonight.

Channel 4 moderator Krishnan Guru-Murthy asked each of the five candidates why the public should trust any of them.

Mr Tugendhat told the audience of floating voters that trust in politics ‘has been collapsing’ and promised a ‘clean start’ – the phrase which is his campaign slogan.

He then went on: ‘What I’ve been calling out and what I’ve been demonstrating over the last few years is I’m someone who fights and I’m willing to call out my friends as well as my enemies.

‘It’s easy to stand up to your enemies – it’s sometimes harder to stand up to your friends.

‘We all know that.’

Social media users were quick to point out the similarities between the line and Dumbledore’s tribute to Neville Longbottom in the Philosopher’s Stone, when he says: ‘There are all kinds of courage.

‘It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.’

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