Somone who deliciously calls himself the Milky Bar Kid posts on PoliticalBetting.com this interesting little morsel...
"I got an interesting piece of goss, nay a confession from Saturday…. Michael Howard was at a local association function, and he effectively confessed to what we all knew - that he deliberately set up a long contest so that DC could win, or, as he put it “so that everyone would get a fair crack at it”… "
Now to all us conspiracy theorists that sounds all well and good. But when you think that MH wanted to change the rules so that only MPs voted, the contest would actually have been over in late July. And DD would probably have won. Unless, as Esther Rantzen used to say, you know different.
Having said that, there were several other things MH did (see previous posts in early December) to help David Cameron and the scupper DD, but this, I don't think was one of them.