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Tim Hughes

Quentin Davies also signed the letter to The Times backing Ken Clarke

James Hellyer

Two new supporters for Cameron at his website:

http://www.cameroncampaign.org/

We have Nicholas Soames and Sir John Butterfill.

Coffee Monster

Cameron has 3 new backers on his website:

http://www.cameroncampaign.org

They are Hugh Robertson, Nicholas Soames and Sir John Butterfill.

James Hellyer

Missed Robertson! They've somewhat bizarrely not listed them by surname. How... erm... modern.

Hugh Field

Does anyone know who Caroline Spelman is supporting? A random question but she has been a good front bench performer and would be a powerful backer.

Coffee Monster

Nigel Waterson has backed Clarke according to The Independent:

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article316114.ece

James Hellyer

There's a surprise. Former Heseltine PPS backs Clarke.

Bristol

I see Cameron's 3 new backers have been promptly added to the list of "Who is backing who".

But Quentin Davies who signed the letter to The Times on Wednesday has still not been added to the list.

Please can someone inform the editor so that Quentin Davies (and Nigel Waterson - see comment above) can both now be added in order to correct the list.

Duncan

The Conservative MP for Westbury, Dr Andrew Murrison, has declared his support for David Davis. He writes in his column in the local paper this week (http://www.andrewmurrison.co.uk/letter.htm):

"Turning now to my own party's little local difficulty – what looks like being the longest leadership election campaign ever. I can tell you that I'm not a happy bunny and wish to goodness that this matter had been resolved months ago. Still, we are where we are and I hope the admirable David Davis ends up being Leader of the Opposition."

He also says that he has signed his nomination papers, so one must wonder how many others in the same position aren't yet identified on this rolling update?

Daniel Vince-Archer

"Does anyone know who Caroline Spelman is supporting? A random question but she has been a good front bench performer and would be a powerful backer."

It won't be John Redwood ;-)

Cheap shots aside, I fully agree with your comments about Caroline Spelman. If the Conservatives want to win back female voters, the next leader would do well to give higher-profile roles to the likes of Caroline Spelman, Theresa May and Julie Kirkbride.

Richard Allen

"the next leader would do well to give higher-profile roles to the likes of Caroline Spelman, Theresa May and Julie Kirkbride."

I certainly agree that Caroline Spelman should have a higher profile job, she is consistantly a strong performer and comes accross very well. As for Julie Kirkbride, her exit from Howard's shadow cabinet was one of the worst moments of Howards leadership and she should definately return to the front bench.

Then there is Theresa May, about whow I really can't make my mind up. Although she comes accross very well and probably appeals to non tory voters I am always left with the impression that she is slighly out of her depth. I can't think of a job she has done well.

Coffee Monster

James Clappison has backed Clarke according to The Independent:

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article316364.ece

Coffee Monster

The Guardian is also saying that Jeremy Wright has declared for Fox after all:

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/conservatives/story/0,9061,1582555,00.html

However, it's possible they got their information from this site earlier.

John Coulson

I think I am owed an apology after all. I found it highly offensve that my information was called into question.

Selsdon Man

Clappison has backed Clarke in the past. Ken needs to unveil new supporters not retreads.

Dan

I am really worried about Dr. Fox's campaign. This is the candidate I am backing and his campaign doesn't appear to be picking up any momentum.

Do you think that it might start to pick up after the conference or will it stall?
I met the man on Thursday and I firmly believe he is the man to lead us to Election Victory in 2010 against Gordon.

Dan

Dan

Well it appears that the financial backers of the Party are lining up against Clarke.

Is it possible that he won't even see it through the first round?

Dan

James Hellyer

Dan,

I understand that talks between Fox, Cornerstone and the Telegraph nine are still ongoing (code for persuading Leigh not to run and instead endorse Dr Fox).

Also there may be tactical considerations. Cameron announced new supporters this week, for example, and it went unnoticed what with both launches and the ongoing Davis unveilings.

Editor

Dan: Today's Sun has a 'fifty MPs to back Fox' story. I think that unlikely but if he gains the backing of a dozen Cornerstone folk Fox still has a reasonable chance of getting to the final run-off.

Dan

Do you think that Fox can make it to the final two?

It seems to me that Clarke Support is shrinking, the question is, if it is where does he pledge his support?

I don't think will get it as he is Eurosceptic among other things. Thw question after that is can Fox hold out against Rifkind, its looking good on that front at the moment but who knows.

If Rifkind does stand aside, is he more likely to back Davis as he is the favourite and might want to get onside in the hope of a decent job...?

I suppose the conference will make a lot of difference to all concerned.

Dan

Dan

>>Dan: Today's Sun has a 'fifty MPs to back Fox' story. I think that unlikely but if he gains the backing of a dozen Cornerstone folk Fox still has a reasonable chance of getting to the final run-off.<<

This is excellent news, lets hope there is some truth in it.

Dan

Editor

...and on the continuing saga of Jeremy Wright MP I'm investigating why The Guardian has written what it has. It may be acting on new information?

I don't so much disbelieve you Mr Coulson - I just have NO idea who you are... and I had been told by two good sources that Mr Wright was undecided. The Guardian story has sent me back to my sources...

AnotherNick

I would think that Rifkind's One Nation position has more in common with the Cameron campaign than anyone elses. Rifkind has a lot to offer the new leader.

Another interesting decision in the race for 2nd spot will be Andrew Lansley, a Clarke Supporter in the past but also someone who embraces the modernising message. likely to back Ken, but possible he may side with Cameron.

James Hellyer

Today's Sun has a 'fifty MPs to back Fox'

I think it's pretty clear who The Sun is backing!

You might scoff at the fifty figure, but thirty MPs has been the one bandied around, and that seems perfectly attainable. If it doesn't already include the undeclared members of Cornerstone and the Telegraph Nine, then fifty votes is a real possibility. Unless those two groups do declare for him, it will remain just that.

Daniel Vince-Archer

"Meanwhile Nigel Waterson, the Eurosceptic MP for Eastbourne, backed Mr Clarke, underlining the former Chancellor's growing appeal across the party."

Editor, you've missed this from the Independent yesterday.

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