David Cameron how enjoys the public backing of half of the parliamentary party following today's declaration of support from ten more MPs. The ten are:
- Peter Bone* (Wellingborough)
- David Burrowes* (Enfield Southgate)
- Bill Cash* (Stone)
- Stephen Crabb* (Preseli Pembrokeshire)
- Robert Goodwill* (Scarborough and Whitby)
- Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon)
- Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury and Atcham)
- Brooks Newmark (Braintree)
- Gary Streeter (Devon SW)
- Desmond Swayne* (New Forest W).
All previously supporters of Liam Fox, six of the ten are Cornerstone Group MPs (marked with an asterisk). The inclination of Cornerstone MPs towards Mr Cameron was noted yesterday on this blog.
If the MPs write the sort of letter penned by Robert Key MP to the Salisbury Association they could help to widen Mr Cameron's grassroots lead over Mr Davis. That lead was confirmed by two weekend polls.
Editor's note: "Reaching the magic level of half of the parliamentary party is significant in one other important respect. Mr Davis has said that the final round for the leadership election should ideally be an-MPs-only-affair. He has consistently argued that the next Tory leader should enjoy the support of half of the parliamentary party. At the time of writing it is Mr Cameron who enjoys that confidence."