Tory members turn on Theresa May (again) and start loving Sajid Javid instead
And they still hate Philip Hammond.
Last month, Tory members were shocked by Theresa May’s response to Russia’s attack on Salisbury. In a good way. They responded by pushing her up to a respectable seventh position in the ConservativeHome league table (she had previously been languising near the bottom of the table with a net satisfaction rating of just 9.1).
According to TP columnist George Pascoe-Watson, the prime minister had retrieved her mojo. "Mrs May is said to have found a new lease of life in private meetings, I’m told. She’s nimble and quick-witted - even humorous - in previously-avoided question and answer sessions with MPs, party stalwarts and other groups,” he wrote.
But this month it’s a different story.
In the latest league table, the prime minister's net satisfaction rating has plummeted down from 56.4 to a negative score of -9.5. The latest verdict from capricious Tory activists means that May is now even less popular than mediocre ministers such as Caroline Nokes and Chris Grayling.
However, she still manages to come in above Philip Hammond. Once again, the chancellor is the lowest-ranked minister with his rating dropping to an abysmal -24.
Michael Gove remains in first place but the big riser in the new table is Sajid Javid, with the recently-appointed home secretary gaining ten percentage points to climb to second place – making him even more popular than Ruth Davidson with Tory activists.
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