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By Peter Hoskin
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Below
is the Cabinet league table derived from our latest survey of Conservative
party members. It’s rather traditional for IDS, Michael Gove and William Hague
to be at the top – and for Nick Clegg, Vince Cable and Ed Davey to be at the
bottom – so I’ll highlight three other things that stand out to my eyes:

  • Theresa May has become markedly more popular since the survey we
    conducted at
    the end of last year
    . The intervening period, of course, featured her
    speech to the ConHome Victory 2015 conference
    , as well as some strong words
    on the ECHR and resistance to further spending cuts for her department. Another
    member of the “National
    Union of Ministers”
    – namely, Philip Hammond – has also performed well.
  • Grant Shapps scores a meagre +12. The Tory chairmanship is still
    an uneasy role.    
  • George Osborne has recovered some of the popularity he lost
    last year
    , perhaps as a result of a Budget that was considerably more
    stable than its predecessor. But he’s still outranked by Danny Alexander.
    Indeed, in the background figures, more Tory members (62.8%) are satisfied with
    the Chief Secretary to the Treasury than with the Chancellor (58.6).

Anyway,
here’s the full table:

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Just under
2,000 people responded to the survey, of whom over 900 were Conservative Party
members. The figures above are taken from the latter's views.

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