We’ve already published the results from the April survey that showed rising member satisfaction with David Cameron and for most of the shadow cabinet. We also asked what you thought about the three people who lead the Conservative Party in Europe, Scotland and Wales: Timothy Kirkhope MEP, Annabel Goldie MSP and Nick Bourne AM.
Nick Bourne AM, leader of the Welsh Tories since 1999, was least known by respondents. 71% said they did not know enough or anything about him. Of the 29% willing to express an opinion 22% were satisfied and 7% dissatisfied. There had been speculation that Mr Bourne might face a leadership challenge after delivering what some thought were below-expectation gains in the May elections but his likeliest successor – Jonathan Morgan AM – told Wales on Sunday that he was 100% behind Bourne’s continued leadership.
55% were don’t knows about the leader of the Conservative MSPs, Annabel Goldie. 35% were satisfied (10% very) and 10% were dissatisfied. Ms Goldie hopes she will soon have the opportunity to implement some Conservative manifesto promises. Refusing to enter any formal pact with any party she has long promised to work with a minority administration – including Alex Salmond’s SNP – on implementing Tory manifesto ideas. Ms Goldie reiterated that promise for yesterday’s Scotsman. Ms Goldie’s trickiest decision will be whether or not to proceed with a more separate Scottish party. In yesterday’s Herald, Political Editor Douglas Fraser agreed with ConservativeHome’s belief that "splitting could help Tories find their way back from the political wilderness". Indications are that organised resistance from former Conservative Scottish Secretaries has cooled David Cameron’s initial enthusiasm for the split.
Timothy Kirkhope, leader of the Tory MEPs, has a similar dunno rating to Annabel Goldie (56%) but of those willing to express an opinion it is much more negative. 29% are dissatisfied (17% very) and just 15% satisfied. Awareness of this level of member concern about MEP performance motivated the MEPs’ successful attempt to severely limit member involvement in readoption. ConservativeHome has twice attempted to ask Timothy Kirkhope to answer questions from members but hasn’t received any reply. He is the only elected Conservative to ever decline an opportunity to be accountable to members through the interviews blog.
We’ll ask these questions again on occasions.