David Davis used an interview with this morning's Today programme to insist that he could still win the Tory leadership. The YouGov polls that had predicted a big win for Mr Cameron were internet polls, he insisted, and the Conservative Party was not an internet party. You may be surprised by next week's result, he told Radio 4's listeners. He said that only 60% of party members had voted and up to 40% of votes were still up for grabs.
Today programme's John Humphreys cross-examined Mr Davis on his tax plans. Mr Davis said that tax cuts were essential for the reinvigoration of the UK economy. Britain's growth rate had been declining because the tax burden was at its highest level for 25 years. Mr Davis will use a speech to today's CBI conference to say that Gordon Brown's record on tax, debt control and regulation is "suicidal" for Britain plc.
David Cameron was also on the Today programme and faced repeated charges that the party conference speech which had transformed his standing in the leadership race was platitudinous. His most convincing rebuttal came when he focused on some of the policy changes he had announced during the leadership race. He emphasised that he would reverse the party's policy on tuition fees and abandon the patient's passport idea. He also said that he would introduce extra help for married couples into the tax system.
On party reform he emphasised his hope to headhunt and mentor more women candidates and said that he was open to an 'A list' of candidates for the most marginal seats.