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!).
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.