Wednesday, July 06, 2005

More MPs declare for Davis

Four more MPs have come out for DD.

Former Treasury minister John Maples, shadow Europe minister Graham Brady, and the newly-elected Nadine Dorries have all said that they would be backing the shadow home secretary. They join Shailesh Vara, the party's only Asian MP, who declared support earlier in the week.

These declarations underline Our Man's ability to draw support from right across the party. Maples for example is from the centre-left, and backed Ken in the 2001 contest.

Meanwhile, there are encouraging signs of a rank and file rebellion against that egregious power grab by MPs at the 1922 Committee.

Some senior MPs are showing the guts and common sense to stand up for members. We have already heard from Theresa on this, and she's again urging activists to “fight for all you are worth” to keep a say in the leadership contest.

Even amiable old toff Michael Ancram now says:

“Rather than restricting or removing the franchise, we should be looking to extend it in a way that will attract the enlistment of a much wider representation. To do that we must show our membership that we value them.”

Cheers, Mike. Although surely it can't be true that, as the Times suggests, your statement is mainly 'to prepare the way' for your own leadership bid.

We're all for Toff Rights, but...well...streuth...are you 'avin' a larf?


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