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A summer bounce! Cameron, Osborne and May soar up our Cabinet league table

By Peter Hoskin
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Oh yes, sunshine is winning the day. Compared to the last Cabinet league table we published, two-and-a-bit months ago, the latest is notable for its buoyancy. Of the 30 ministers (and one London mayor) rated by ConservativeHome readers, 17 have seen their numbers improve, 9 have remained more or less flat, and only 4 have declined in any significant way. Even Nick Clegg has seen his net satisfaction rating increase – and by enough to lift him from the bottom of the table, as you can see below.

Aside from Clegg, some of the ministers who might be particularly pleased include:
  • David Cameron. Two months ago, the Prime Minister was languishing near the relegation zone, with a net satisfaction rating of just 3. Now he’s firmly in mid-table, with a rating of 31. A reflection, I’m sure, of what The Sun today calls “a good run”.
  • George Osborne. The biggest riser, leaping up the table with an extra 35 points on his net satisfaction rating. I’m not sure it can be put down to the rather tepid Spending Review; probably more to do with the growth figures and his (apparent) pledge on taxation.
  • Theresa May. Who has gained 18 points, putting her into the top three with IDS and Michael Gove. The Abu Qatada effect?

And there's also Grant Shapps, up by 16 points, perhaps thanks to combative performances of the sort he's delivered today. Anyway, here’s the table in full:


> Just over 1550 people responded to the survey, of whom over 700 were Conservative Party members. The figures above are taken from the latter's views.


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