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TCW hustings: Raab pushes Boris into second


WHEN we published the results of our first poll of readers on their choice of Conservative Party leader last week we warned: ‘They’re closing on you, Boris’.

Boris Johnson polled 51 per cent of the readers’ votes while Dominic Raab scored 40 per cent. Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove were out of sight on 3 and 6 per cent respectively.

Now the results of our second poll are in, and just as we predicted, Raab has overtaken Johnson with 44 per cent to 40, suggesting that our readers trust him more than Boris on No Deal. Michael Gove, constantly being talked up by the MSM, increased his vote to a still-measly 11 per cent. Gove is intensely anti-no deal, yet he is second only to Boris Johnson in the number of MP supporters he has signed up  – a reminder of the glaring gulf between the Parliamentary Conservative party and the rest of the country.

Andrea Leadsom, replacing Jeremy Hunt in the list (based on the bookies’ favourites at the time), scored just 5 per cent. Mrs Leadsom has a lot of explaining to do about why it took her so long to resign, so that even Gove, who is prepared to delay Brexit by a year rather than leave without a deal, comes out ahead of her in our poll.

The summary is that our readers have little time for anyone who served in Mrs May’s Cabinet – and with good reason.

We will run another poll next weekend.

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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