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Who would get your vote?

Which one would you prefer to lead the tories?

  • Alan Duncan

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  • Tim Yeo

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  • Ken Clarke

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  • Sir Malcolm Rifkind

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  • David Willetts

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  • John Redwood

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  • Liam Fox

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  • David Davis

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As the struggle for leadership of the tory party hots up, who would you prefer to see behind the wheel?

Left

Alan Duncan


Rather than tax cuts and small government, he believes in an active state that provides both people's security and effective public services. Socially liberal and openly gay, he is determine to advance the party's equality agenda. Believes livelier presentation is essential.

He says: "As Mrs Thatcher said, direction matters more than detail and passion matters more than policy. If we remember those two things, people will look at us differently." (The Daily Telegraph, July 2004).

Possible backers: yet to emerge.

Tim Yeo


Affable, genteel moderniser who believes the party must popularise new issues such as the growing climate change agenda. Wants the party to rebrand itself radically, possibly even to the extent of a name change, if that is what it takes to win.

He says: "We should be a party that offers more hope and less fear, the party that makes people's dreams come true, the party that tells people the bottle is half full, not half empty." (May 10, 2005).

Possible backers: Robert Key.

Andrew Lansley


Radical moderniser from the Left, with a strong social conscience and keen to rebrand the party. Opposed the war in Iraq.

He says: "In order better to represent the nature of the Conservative philosophy and the people we are, we should no longer describe ourselves as the Tory Party…We should recognise that we are still Conservatives, but changing, renewing, literally reforming our party…We should describe ourselves as Reform Conservatives." (The Guardian, 2002).

Possible backers: yet to emerge.

Damian Green


Former Downing Street policy thinker under John Major on the far Left of the party. Architect of controversial decision to oppose student top-up fees. Does not advocate sweeping tax cuts as a priority.

He says: "I am very central in the Conservative tradition… what people are crying out for are safer streets, better schools and hospitals. They want to know that Conservatives would care as much about them as about tax cuts." (September 2004).

Possible backers: yet to emerge.

Ken Clarke


Wild card candidate, the "lost leader" of the party, on its far Left wing. Traditionally handicapped by his fervent europhile beliefs but admired for his economic dryness. Big-hitter with rare star appeal for the Tories.

He says: "Conservatives should all be social liberals, accepting personal liberty to choose different lifestyles and welcoming the cultural diversity of modern Britain. Bigotry and prejudice have never been part of Conservatism." (June 26, 2001, announcing his candidature for the leadership).

Possible backers: David Curry, Ian Taylor.

Centre

George Osborne


At just 33, rising star of Michael Howard's youth academy from a liberal background, socially tolerant but economically dry. Like fellow emerging talent David Cameron, a member of the Notting Hill set of modernisers.

He says: "I see it as my job to present a modern face of the Tory Party." (May 10, 2005).

Possible backers: Michael Howard, David Cameron, Ed Vaizey, Michael Gove.

David Cameron


Compared to Osborne, a veteran rising star at 38. Socially tolerant, keen to broaden the party's appeal to people of his generation and younger.

Despite his own Eton education, determined to make the Tories all-inclusive.

He says: "Conservatives believe in judging people on their merits, not where they come from. And I think that should apply to Old Etonians as well as everybody else." (Feb 28, 2005).

Possible backers: Michael Howard, George Osborne, Ed Vaizey, Michael Gove.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind


Old-school loyalist from the solid Centre-ground of the party, now restored to the Commons. A pragmatist prepared to modernise where necessary to widen party's appeal but firmly pro-individual liberty. Opposed the war in Iraq.

He says: "We must proclaim our belief in liberty… In the modern context, that must mean a total opposition to imprisonment without trial, to the irrelevance of identity cards and to other authoritarian measures." (The Observer, May 8, 2005).

Possible backers: yet to emerge.

David Willetts


Brainy ex-Downing Street adviser under Thatcher now determined to move the party on to believe in a strong society where the state plays a key role and pushes economic reform.

He says: "We must not fall prey to the libertarian fantasy that all a government has to do is get out of the way and life's problems are solved. A country with too many broken lives and fragmented families is going to depend on public services more." (May 8, 2005).

Possible backers: yet to emerge.

Right

John Redwood


Thatcherite Right-winger, taxcutter and arch-Eurosceptic who believes that he has a mission to lead the party.

He says: "Conservatives will only win when we have reunited the Eurosceptic movement behind our policy." (Singing The Blues, by John Redwood, published autumn 2004).

Possible backers among MPs: yet to emerge.

Liam Fox


Neo-Thatcherite, Eurosceptic moderniser aware that the party needs to reconnect with the inner cities.

He says: "Like it or not… we live in a largely urban society. From Islington to Inverness, the dominant cultural influences are far more EastEnders than Archers. We need to understand and take account of these influences, or we will find ourselves politically becalmed" (May 10, 2005).

Possible backers: Eleanor Laing, Andrew Rosindell.

David Davis


David Davis

High-profile, early front-runner from the moderate Right, blending Euroscepticism, hard line on crime with low tax and reform of public services.

He says: "Only a low-tax economy will generate the wealth required to pay for secure pensions and better health care." (The Daily Telegraph, May 11, 2005).

Possible backers: Derek Conway, Andrew Mitchell, Paul Goodman, Nick Herbert

Boris Johnson (the peoples choice! :D )


MP for Henley-on-Thames since June 2001
Editor of the Spectator since August 1999
Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party (October 2003 - November 2004)
Shadow Minister for the Arts (April 2004 - November 2004)
All details from Torygraph
 
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fozzy

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fozzy said:
PartTimePongo said:
None of the above.
What a shower. Redwood!!?? FFS!

Ken Clarke is a great "what might have been". Would have destroyed Blair at PMQ's
Actually - Bring Redwood on! That'll ensure another 4 years of Tory opposition!
 
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If one of those on the left end of the party becomes leader, then there will be absolutely nothing to distinguish the conservatives from Labour. This would be utter suicide!
 
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stoatman said:
If one of those on the left end of the party becomes leader, then there will be absolutely nothing to distinguish the conservatives from Labour. This would be utter suicide!
Have to agree. They seem to be clones from the tony blair middle road of socialism :roll:


EDITED to say that Borris has been added to the canidates, but i cant add him to the poll options :( :? :roll: Anyone who knows how to rectify this, please let me know.

cheers

A_S
 
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fozzy

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Agent_Smith said:
stoatman said:
If one of those on the left end of the party becomes leader, then there will be absolutely nothing to distinguish the conservatives from Labour. This would be utter suicide!
Have to agree. They seem to be clones from the tony blair middle road of socialism :roll:


EDITED to say that Borris has been added to the canidates, but i cant add him to the poll options :( :? :roll: Anyone who knows how to rectify this, please let me know.

cheers

A_S
Right then - put me down as one for Boris.
 
#17
Dear Agent_Smith!

Why haven't you mentioned mr.Flight? It would be very effective poster:

Mr.Blair and mr.Brown as flying pigs and words:

Other two pigs had a hardlanding. Flight of these two is over. Vote for new Flight!
 

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