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5 out of 6 of the bottom are women I see. That means either we have a very sexist grassroots or many of these women are pretty useless.

In the notes re Cameron's rating, 91% minus 6% does not equal 83%. Which of the three figures is wrong here?

I am amazed that 68% of people polled consider that George Osborne is ready to be chancellor - based on his pronouncements on the economy up until now. I would happily agree with that rating as a member of the shadow cabinet but not as would-be chancellor.

Let us hope that he will prove me utterly wrong with a superb speech at the conference.

John: It's minus 8% because there are 6% fairly dissatisfied and 2% very dissatisfied.

Following up on Andrew's comment above, last summer the Associations in Wolverhampton and South Staffs virtually packed out the Molineux dining suite by inviting Boris Johnson as main speaker. This year's corresponding event was cancelled due to lack of interest. The speaker was to have been Caroline Spelman. Draw your own conclusions.

Well Andrew the older figures had female members higher, Caroline Spelman suffered the biggest drop after nanny gate, she'll have to work hard if she's to recover.

In my opinion the most interesting part will be the "don't know" from those figures, I'm guessing they'll be quite high, as to be honest I haven't heard much from many of latter part of the table, I remember Sayeeda Warsi really went up in popularity when she wrote an article a while ago.

I guess we just want to know what is on the Shadow Cabinet's mind.

Andrew Woodman @ 9.07 above - I am a woman!, but PLEASE let us get back into government FIRST then have discussions about the percentage of female MP's. YES???

I am not surprised by the rankings with the continued exception of Gideon Osborne, whom no-one I know in the City takes remotely seriously. One of our Chief Economists actually had to bite his lip laughing he was so bad in one recent economic interview.

The only I can't quite grasp is Chris Grayling. He rather reminds me of a long-serving provincial bank manager with no chance of promotion. Worthy, dull delivery and a basic grasp of his brief.

No mention of the EU or the Conservative party and its % of eurosceptics then?

Strange that, eh?

Glad to see members wanting a end to the green taxes policy.

The order of ratings is in my view pretty accurate. The Ladies lingering at the bottom are there because their TV presence shows them to be old tories with posh accents. They may be capable ladies but TV shapes viewers likes and dislikes. E.G I loath Francis Maude and Oliver Letwin for Different reasons, would never vote for them although I know Letwin at least is very clever. We need politicians who know what real life is about, who genuinely want to make a better country and world not for their own well=being and promotion.

Mark Hudson, I rate Chris Grayling quite highly, he seems to be one of the few Conservative Shadow Ministers who is able to take the attack to Labour, even if he got clobbered last night on Any Questions trying to defend Conservative economic policy, which is an impossible task for anybody.

George Osborne, well, I too am mystified how he manages to achieve the rating he does , I can only assume he has his Shadow Treasury team busily employed voting for him. But the despair I feel over Conservative economic policy is such that I am actively considering the only way to pull it back would be to beg Ken Clarke to take up the position of Shadow Chancellor, for though I cannot abide his EU fanaticism, he at least put in place the economic recovery Brown has blown, which would trump any card Labour could play over competence.

George Osbourne is treated as pretty much of an irrelevance in the city really he has said very little of any substance for people to get their teeth into. All we've seen is a lot of rhetoric, the inheritance tax proposal which doesn't effect the markets and then the nondom thing which has perplexed a load of my hedge fund clients.

I think Hammond is probably more respected in the city from those I've spoken too and should become shadow chancellor with Osbourne becoming party Chairman.

George Osbourne is treated as pretty much of an irrelevance in the city really he has said very little of any substance for people to get their teeth into. All we've seen is a lot of rhetoric, the inheritance tax proposal which doesn't effect the markets and then the nondom thing which has perplexed a load of my hedge fund clients.

I think Hammond is probably more respected in the city from those I've spoken too and should become shadow chancellor with Osbourne becoming party Chairman.

Mark Hudson & Iain, I spent some time with Chris Grayling during the local election campaign. I was very impressed. I heard him speak on the economy and he was very very sound.
He tends to go right to the heart of any issue in a way I like. He's also really friendly except towards Lab/Lib.


I think Chris Grayling is popular because he is obviously very hard working and his attacks on labour's many failings are better researched, more precise and effective than most. I hope he gets a big job if we win the next GE.
We need more Chris Graylings

The city takes G Osborne very seriously for obvious reasons. I don't know what parallel universe the poster above frequents but it certainly isn't the "city" I know!

I'd like to see more media appearances from Nick Herbert who is excellent on his feet

They were presumably talking about someone called George Osbourne (not sure who he is) rather than George Osborne.

The 5 of the 6 least popular members of the (Shadow) Cabinet are all female. Interesting...

Let me be blunt in explaining why there are 5 women in the bottom.

Caroline Spelman may well have screwed up on expenses; Theresa May doesn't come across too well in the media; Theresa Villers is useless; and she like Baroness Warsai and Cheryl Gillian don't appear in the mainstream media enough.

An interesting analysis of these figures would be to compare them with proportions of comments of ConservativeHome - I predict you would see a very large disparity in the comments saying they like DC and GO and those who don't.

I guess it is a good idea not to compare Sadow Cabinet members popularity directly with that of Cameron. I still think Cameron would come out top but might be interesting to know. It would also be interesting to know the 'don't knows'?

Also did anyone else spot that there is no discussion of imigration in the main hall at the conference? Is it not important or would discussion be off message?

Lastly, good article in the Spectator about the lack of thinking, independent MPs and 'big beasts'. Would suggest our Candidates department stops looking for social workers and focuses on quality. Enjoy THE Conference.

I can't work out what you are getting at 'Malloch'?

Would Hammond be a better shadow chancellor? He seems more experienced and authoritative.

We wont speak about immigration because the very word invites criticism of our silence on all things regarding the European Union.
We will have to discuss both immigration and the EU more and more as each election looms.I hope we can be convincing next time out.

Where have the rest of the results gone?

I'm thinking about the questions asking who would we most/least like to face as Labour leader and the question on the US presidential election too.

Michael at 1220, there is a big difference between taking notice of Osborne because he is likely to be the next chancellor and has announced some minor policies and other themes like sharing the proceedes of growth which people in the city don't really understand given a recession and thinking he has nothing useful to say on the current economic crisis.

What the hell. The EU is the real government and that will not be change by the present management of the party.

Any chance of opposing the Gay agenda,the waste of taxpayers money that is given to the NO OUTSIDERS group that seeks to get GAY story books into our schools?Will Dave really stand up tp the liberal-lefties and support marriage?Will we see a war on the PC social services and the council non jobs?

Not a single question on the EU? What a surprise. You don't want to show the fissures through the heart of the Tory party.

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