Home Secretary Sajid Javid is racing ahead of others in the leadership race, a survey conducted by Conservative Home revealed… reports Asian Lite News
A survey conducted among party members to find out their choice for the Next Tory Leader puts former foreign secretary Boris Johnson on top followed by Sajid Javid and Brexiteer Jacob Rees Mogg. Sajid’s second position far ahead of prominent Brexiteers like Michael Gove and Priti Patel shows his rising popularity among the grass roots.
Luck is shining on Boris after the much publicised Chequers meet. He was fifth in a survey just before the meet and now his rating has quadrupled. When 29.05 per cent voters supported Mr Johnson, Mr Javid bagged 18.9 and Mr Mogg scored 13. Priti Patel scored just 1.9 per cent.
“Our reading is that most panel members believe that David Davis is now too old to lead the Party, even as a stopgap, and that Johnson, with his Daily Telegraph column, his national projection and reach, and his publicity-mongering over the best part of 30 years, is best placed to make the case for an authentic Brexit to the voters,” Conservative Home Editor Paul Goodman said in the article appeared on the official website.
“But would MPs put his name as one of two for the members to choose from, in the event of a leadership contest? There’s a good chance that one of them would be the man who comes second in our survey this month – Sajid Javid,” he added.
The Home Secretary topped the poll last month with 22 per cent, and remains competitive on 19 per cent.
“Those who want a fresh face seem to be rallying round him at present,” Mr Goodman said in the article.
Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg moves down a point to 13 per cent in the latest poll.