Liam Fox overtakes Theresa May in Tory leadership poll

Conservative Home survey puts George Osborne top, and former Defence Secretary Liam Fox fourth in line to succeed David Cameron, overtaking Home Secretary Theresa May as Tory leadership speculation hots up

by the commentator on 4 August 2015 10:30

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The race to succeed David Cameron as leader of the Conservative Party gathered pace today, as Chancellor George Osborne leaped into the lead, overtaking long-term rival Boris Johnson in the latest Conservative Home Poll conducted among a sample of more than 700 Conservative Party members.

Osborne’s polling -- at 30.9 percent -- is up a staggering nine points since the election victory, with the London Mayor’s score dropping six points -- to 16.6 percent -- after a perceived poor performance since returning to the House of Commons. Business Secretary Sajid Javid remains in second place on 18.7 percent behind his mentor The Chancellor, but his personal score has also dropped four points.

Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox appears to have gained significant momentum as the outsider in the race, overtaking Theresa May with a three point surge in grassroots support. Fox's support was put at 13.9 percent, with May's at 13.1 percent.

No other mooted contender made it into double figures.

Fox, who was brought up in a Council house and attended state school could well be seen as the man to put the Tory Party back in touch with working class voters. 

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