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David Davis outscored by 'Other' in Conservative leader survey

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Conservative Home survey shows David Davis as the favourite to be the leader of the Conservative Party. However, he was ultimately outscored by the 'Other' option. Ouch.

Out of the named options on offer, Davis toppled the rest with a respectable 24%, closely followed by Foreign Minister Boris Johnson with 18%. However, the option of 'Other' received 30% of the vote and therefore was the winning result.

Secretary of State for International Development and MP for Witham, Priti Patel, received 8.23% of the vote, with Philip Hammond at 7.14%, Amber Rudd at 5.79%. Sajid Javid, who ran for Conservative leadership alongside Stephen Crabb in 2016, received 4.79%. Damian Green, First Secretary of State, came bottom with just 1.76%.

Analysing these results, it is clear that despite David Davis being the clear favourite from the named options, the fact that he was pipped to the post by essentially what is a 'none of the above' option could be quite telling – does the Conservative Party actually have anyone to offer who is popular enough with voters and members, but also a promising alternative to Theresa May? It remains unclear.

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