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Friday, December 22, 2006
Poll: Conservative MP of the Year
I've selected twenty Conservative MPs who have impressed one way or another this year for the Conservative MP of the Year poll - all outside the Shadow Cabinet. I should make clear they are not all friends of mine! No doubt there will be howls of protest from readers who disagree with the shortlist, but the software only allows me to include twenty names. The results of all these polls will be published during the week after Christmas.
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Ken Clarke's ommission is surely an unintended error?
Iain you made a big song and dance over the ICM poll giving the Tories 8% lead. If you are going to highlight polls, would you like to comment on today's Telegraph yougov poll: a lead but not much!
anonymous, I shall indeed, but i haven't read it yet.
wot, no Boris?
wot, no Boris?
Boris is in the Shadow Cabinet...is he not?
I too, intended to ask where Boris was but I see I've been beaten to the draw.
My bet is that were Boris running things we'd be 15+pts ahead in the polls. He's got Bliar's charisma without the spin and spivery of Dave.
Boris PM, DD in charge of the purse strings, William H. keeping Dubya in order and IDS getting to grips with the Home Office. What a team!
wonderful for his age: Are you describing the cast for this year's The Muppets Show Xmas Special?
Why is Philip Davies MP (Shipley) not on the list?
He has been the only backbench Conservative MP who has had the bxlls to publicly stand up against the politically correct elite that infest our society.
Iain, truly you should have included a "none of the above" option as well, it would have secured my vote I'm very sorry to say.
I voted for Top Cat!
See James Brokenshire received one vote,are you allowed to vote for yourself ? and who is he ?
How did John Hayes make it onto your list?
I'm not really sure someone who believes that even the Victorians were a little bit too progressive is a good representitive, even of the Tory Party
IDS gets my vote because despite the recent hiccup on the gay front he has put in a solid performance as a hard working and committed chap. His appearance on 18 Doughty street was particularly impressive.
Boris and Ann are entertaining.
Ian Duncan Smith is one of many examples of a Conservative who can speak for himself and who could easily have gone bitter and twisted over the way he was treated.
I am not a Conservative. I look at these people from the outside.
It seems to me that there is currently a lightness of touch about the way leading Tories are managed, in that they all appear to express themselves individually as long as they don't mention Europe.
It contrasts mightily with the bunch of clones in Labour and the speak-your-weight machines like, Hazel Blears and Caroline Flint to name two of many.
If Steve Hilton gets his hands on them I wonder how long this amount of freedom of expression will last?
anonymongs out in force again and that includes the idiotic "wonderful for his age" who I assume is six.
I love the Praguetory person describing someone else as anonymongs, not to mention using the word "idiotic".
I voted for IDS and am pleased that so many other have done so, too.
Richard Bacon got my vote, he's been doing fantastic work asking all the difficult questions at the public accounts committee meetings.
I voted IDS.
As admiring as His Grace is of Mr Duncan Smith and Ms Widdecombe, he voted for Paul Goodman.
The reason is here.
This is one of the most important speeches ever made in the House of Commons on the threats to the peace and safety of the Realm.
I'll vote for someone who isn't a swivel-eyed Europe-hater.
I'd like to nominate the late Eric Forth. Better than any of this bunch.
Nadine Dorries has my vote. She has made a big impact for a newcomer. she is a down to earth scouser and her web site is worth a read.
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