David Davis, Britain’s Brexit secretary – and next Tory leader? It seems his misbehaviour towards Diane Abbott hasn’t hurt his image with party members [Image: Maja Suslin/EPA].

A poll of supporters on the ConservativeHome website has shown that David Davis could be the next party leader – but had fewer votes than ‘none of the above’.

Mr Davis won 23 per cent of the votes – a total of 289 people wanted him as leader (so there were around 1,200 votes altogether – a representative sample?) – but nearly 30 per cent of respondents wanted somebody who was not named on the poll.

That’s 356 people – although their most popular selection (Dominic Raab, God help them) won only 17 votes.

Article author Paul Goodman makes an obvious comparison – with the leader election of 2005, when Mr Davies was also the lead candidate but was beaten by relative unknown David Cameron.

The difference is that the Tories are in government now, and not in opposition against a young, charismatic leader like Tony Blair – who Mr Cameron consciously tried to emulate.

This is the conservative party. It seems likely to This Writer that its members will support a continuity candidate, who will not change direction but will support what the membership see as successful Tory policies.

But the public is turning against those policies. Are Tory members blithely pushing their party towards oblivion again?

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