Conservative Home's debate blogs


  • DVD rental
  • Conservative Books
My Photo

Conservative blogs

Blog powered by Typepad

  • Tracker 2
  • Extreme Tracker

« Editorial: Why I’d vote for Liam Fox in today’s ballot | Main | If you were an MP, who would you support in the second round? »


Henry Cook

Great result. DC guaranteed a place in the final - but against Fox or Davis?? Fox would be a far more interesting prospect, IMHO.


The symbolism of this result to the party activists and the people of the country is that the MP's don't give a shit what you think.

Fox Blogger

Cameron / Fox suddenly much more likely.


What a bloody shame.I think Conservative MPs may have made yet another big mistake but we'll see.I hope in the coming weeks the leadership campaigns will concentrate on things other than drugs and that it can be conducted in an open and friendly way and we members can make an informed choice.Remember everybody whatis of paramount importance is that we can pick a leader who can actually win an election.I believed that man was Ken Clarke....

James Hellyer

We've still not had a pciture of Michael Ancram with a red cross through it!

A very good result for Dr Fox and David Cameron. An expected result for Ken Clarke.

The question now is whether Davis's underperformance will lead to an atrophy of his support...

henry curteis

DC has a guaranteed place so the next vote will be a choice between LF and DD. Tactical voting might move things around. A 'stop DD' group is reputed to exist, and so previous KC's and DC's might choose to vote for LF. Also DD's rightwing (whatever that means these days) who think they are losing the fight might transfer to LF as well. Making the final run-off LF/DC

James Maskell

Disappointed about Clarke last place. Im not sure who I will support for the next round.


DD is blaming his drop of support on tactical voting.

James Hellyer

Well, he was hardly going to say "my campaign stalled."

James Maskell

Just heard Fox speak for the first time. The ID Cards viote is happening now, so hes rushed off. Guess we wont hear from Clarke for a while...

I hope the ID Cards bill is defeated.

Andy Stidwill

I think it's dangerous to assume where Clarke's vote will go. There could even be a small number who go to Davis, however unlikely that might seem.


V disappointed to see Ken go out. At least we can take satisfaction from the fact Davis is toast. Vive Cameron.


I wouldsupport ID cards if I believed they would actually achieve anything but they won't.

Jacob Traff

If Ken Clarke thinks he is the most popular and experienced Tory around, why has he spent so many years on the backbenches instead of helping out on the frontbech? I never understood that.

I am happy Fox, Cameron and Davies came through for I really think Clarke's view on Europe and Iraq are unacceptable for a Tory leader.

Mark Fulford

Now I'm sitting scared that our MPs might engineer a Fox / Davis choice. THAT would be divisive.

Does Kris win the mug?

David Davis: 62 David Cameron: 50 Liam Fox: 44 Kenneth Clarke: 42
Matthew Oxley

This is a great day for Dr FOX is the man on the move, 42 votes is about what the Fox camp could expect but significantly Davis has already had a rebellion in the first round.

It's interesting to hear the Davis supporters try to put a brave face on this and suggest he lost votes due to 'tactical voting' - but where did they go? Clarke got about what was expected and they coudn't surely suggest any of them 'tactically' voted for Liam Fox? Whether there was Tactical voting or whether people are just defecting (I'm guessing about 8 defections in total) it's not going to look good for him.

I've always liked Davis a lot and of course I'll be fully behind him if he's in the last 2 against Cameron, but the press seem to really hate him and I think Fox is the better choice to have against Cameron in the final now.

Richard Allen

DD's vote is disapointing but not all that surprising. It seems likely that some of his supporters who have backed Ken in the past would have tried to save their former man from the humiliation that has been inflicted on him. I still think that Davis will make the final ballot.

As for Cameron's level of support, it frankly disgusts me that so many of our MP's have been won over by one pretty speech and a slick media operation.


Yeah, A mug! It's like an oscar.


Clearly David Cameron is the winner today and will be expected to come top on Thursday.

Props to Liam Fox he's established himself as a major player and run an effective campaign.

David Davis must be disappointed, I doubt there was any tactical voting from his core support because of the need to beat that 66 mark. He only needs 5 extra to be secured a place though so stories of his campaign unravelling may be premature.


Matthew - I think the tactical voting they are talking about is right wing Davis supporters voting for Fox in order to get rid of Clarke rather than to boost Davis. However, if he really believes his poor showing is totally for that reason he is seriously deluded!


I don't think David Davis is the sort of person to endulge in tactical voting, the question is whether the undecided right wingers that have voted for him flake off to Fox.

Either way this is probably not a big deal for DD.

James Hellyer

David supporters voting Clarke out would be stupid. Clarke was the candidate Davis could have most easily beaten in the country, and his presence split the "moderate vote" so Davis could claim most MPs supported him.

Given that Davis' campaign was already seen to be losing momentum the last thing he needed was to have this happen to him.

James Hellyer

Davis supporters voting Clarke out would be stupid. Clarke was the candidate Davis could have most easily beaten in the country, and his presence split the "moderate vote" so Davis could claim most MPs supported him.

Given that Davis' campaign was already seen to be losing momentum the last thing he needed was to have this happen to him.


It now seems likely that David Cameron will not be stopped by David Davis. The only choice for traditional Conservative MPs who feel that Cameron is too inexperienced and too much of an unknown quantity is to back Liam Fox in Thursday's final ballot.

Barry Graham

Great result for Cameron and, hopefully, the beginning of an unstoppable momentum.
A real shame for Ken Clarke, who is a top bloke. Hopefully, though, his vote will transfer to Cameron, who is the sensible yet dynamic choice.

The comments to this entry are closed.

About Conservative Home


  • Conservative Home's
    free eMailing List
    Enter your name and email address below: