Conservative party members turn on Philip Hammond and Amber Rudd
Tory members are not loving the chancellor's vision for a soft Brexit.
Philip Hammond’s approval rating among Conservative Party members has fallen to a record low, as rank and file members appear to show their appetite for a hard Brexit.
The chancellor has a net satisfaction rating of minus 25.4 in the latest ConservativeHome survey of grassroots members.
It represents a dramatic fall in the Hammond’s popularity among party members in recent weeks - after he was given a rating of plus 32.4 just before the general election.
“The most likely explanation is the unpopularity of his continuing push for a softer Brexit among Party members who favour a harder one,” said ConservativeHome editor Paul Goodman.
The latest survey was conducted in July - the same month in which the chancellor set out his vision for Brexit and advocated a lengthy transitional deal with the European Union.
Another notable faller in this month’s table was Amber Rudd, who dropped from fifth place to 21st – only just above Andrea Leadsom and Chris Grayling. Goodman suggested that this was because she is known as being close to George Osborne.
“Being seen, fairly or unfairly, as an ally of the chancellor’s looks to be the main reason,” he said.
The survey also suggests that Tory members have stopped punishing Theresa May, with her approval ratings now up slightly from last month’s survey to a dismal -1.6. The prime minister was previously on -26.1.
Patrick McLoughlin remains bottom of the cabinet table and David Davis is still top.
And Ruth Davidson continues to have a better rating than any member of the cabinet.
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