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By Tim Montgomerie
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In the most recent ConHome survey I asked who should be promoted to the Cabinet. Here are the results from the two juries – all members and 'influentials'. Influentials are journalists, CCHQ staffers, MPs, think tank chiefs and others in the know (or who at least like to think they are in the know!).

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The number in brackets refers to the percentage of total votes that a person received.


A few observations:

  • Members are much keener than Influentials to see David Davis and John Redwood back at the top table.
  • 10% of the votes of the Influentials went to Graham Brady – perhaps believing that the inclusion of the Chairman of the 1922 Committee (and Cameron's Shadow Europe Minister who quit over the grammar schools policy) might be a powerful force for party unity?
  • Grant Shapps and Chris Grayling are the two junior ministers who appear in the top five of both lists.
  • The enthusiasm of Tory members and Influentials for David Laws proves that many of us still admire at least one Liberal Democrat!
  • Only two women are mentioned – Priti Patel by members and Maria Miller by Influentials. Anna Soubry was number 11 on the Influentials list.

The seven names who appeared on both lists (all white men) are: Greg Clark, David Davis, Michael Fallon, Chris Grayling, David Laws, Grant Shapps and John Redwood.

I'll publish the 'demotion list' in the next few days.

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