86% of members are satisfied with George Osborne’s performance and just 11% are dissatisfied. But if members are happy with Mr Osborne’s overall performance they don’t approve of his pledge to match Labour on spending.
Only 19% agree with matching Labour’s commitment to 2% annual growth in public spending. Nearly four times as many want slower growth in public spending so that Britain can afford reduced borrowing or economy-boosting tax relief.
Philip Hammond MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has agreed to explain Tory spending policy in an article for ConservativeHome.com. We hope to receive it in time to publish tomorrow. In today’s FT Mr Hammond rejects members’ concerns as "barmy".