Norman Tebbit comes "off the fence" this morning and endorses David Davis for the Tory leadership. Lord Tebbit uses a letter to The Times to argue that it is "no good apeing new Labour and fighting on the ground which Labour voters are leaving in droves."
Of Mr Davis, Lord Tebbit says that "he is highly credible when he says he wants to create a more upwardly mobile society". And in a disparaging remark about the people said to surround David Cameron, the former Tory Chairman concludes:
"The Holland Park set in politics, and the media, may find him a bit beneath them but perhaps that is what they thought about me when I entered the Cabinet. So Davis will have my vote. Perhaps that nice Mr Cameron will get it in ten years’ time if he learns as much from experience as David Davis has in the past ten years."
Given that most Tory members (particularly of the traditionalist kind likely to be impressed by Lord Tebbit) read The Telegraph it is a little surprising that his letter wasn't sent there for maximum impact. Perhaps the letter was submitted to Canary Wharf but that newspaper's own 'Holland Park/ Notting Hill set' didn't like its slightly unfortunate tone? The Telegraph's news pages carry a small mention of the letter but that mention is the newspaper's only Tory story for today. David Davis' speech on party reform isn't mentioned (I'll be posting about it later...).
Outside of the news pages Alice Thomson writes a positive piece about Mr Cameron and Spy contains a non-story about Michael Portillo. It's odd that the Telegraph should give so little coverage to the Conservative leadership election on one of the two days when members are most likely to be receiving their ballot papers.
[For background on Lord Tebbit's views see this on the Commentators' Blog].