David Davis is expected to formally launch his leadership bid in the next few days according to press reports. Observers - like this site - that have complained about the slow pace of the DD leadership bid have been invited to wait until then... In the meantime, emerging from this morning's Times are a few more claps of David Davis' rolling thunder campaign. Six MPs - two previously identified on conservativehome.com's 'Who's backing who?' list - have declared for the Shadow Home Secretary. Their letter states that DD "has been the party’s most effective performer in recent years as Shadow Home Secretary". The signatories also support DD's vision of a society "in which “there is a limit beneath which no man may fall, but no limit to which any man might rise”". The letter concludes:
"His personal background and time as chairman of the Commons Public Accounts Committee leave him well placed to tackle the greatest political issue of our time, the renewal of our public services, while his success as a businessman shows that he understands the importance of nurturing a low-tax, light- regulation economy."
Ian Liddell-Grainger's name on the list is disappointing news for Dr Fox. Mr Liddell-Grainger is a member of the Cornerstone Group of MPs being wooed by Dr Fox. This is confirmation that the Group will be unable to vote as a united bloc. Most of its members are still to declare, however, and Edward Leigh, one of its leaders, has been speculating about a leadership bid of his own.