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Votes for the top 20 were as follows:

  1. Jacob Rees-Mogg – 338.
  2. James Cleverly – 108.
  3. Johnny Mercer – 78.
  4. John Redwood – 50.
  5. Tom Tugendhat – 43.
  6. Kemi Badenoch – 39.
  7. Owen Paterson – 36.
  8. Priti Patel – 33.
  9. Tobias Ellwood – 31.
  10. Iain Duncan Smith – 29.
  11. Esther McVey – 29
  12. Sarah Wollaston – 21
  13. Kwasi Kwarteng – 19
  14. Anna Soubry – 17
  15. Steve Baker – 15
  16. George Freeman – 14.
  17. Nicky Morgan – 13.
  18. Jesse Norman – 13.
  19. Nadhim Zahawi – 12.
  20. Robert Halfon – 11.

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  • Fewer than a thousand votes were cast overall by panel members, who had three votes each, about the same number as respond to the non write-in questions.
  • Other than Rees-Mogg and Cleverly, no-one made it to three figures, which indicates a very wide variety of views.  There is a long tail to these write-ins with lots of people winning a single vote each.
  • The main factors that win support are backing for Brexit, name recognition, and, up to a point, newness (and military service).  Four of the top ten became MPs in 2015 or, in Kemi Badenoch’s case, this year.
  • Note how few on this list are Ministers (only Under-Secretaries were eligible, since we’ve polled for Ministers of State).  Only four of the 20, by our calculation, one of whom is a whip.

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