The former businessman came out top according to a Survation poll of Tory councillors for the Daily Mail carried out following Mrs May’s success in the vote of confidence last night.Mr Javid was followed by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab. Mrs May has pledged to step down before the next general election following surviving the biggest fight of her political life after winning the vote of no confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party. The 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady revealed the Prime Minister won the vote by a margin of 200 to 117.
The 753 Conservative councillors who took party in the poll last night picked from 11 potential future leaders of the Tory Party.
Former Brexit secretary David Davis came in fourth place followed by Amber Rudd, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, Penny Mordant, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey.
Although 60 per cent of people who took part in the survey voted for Brexit, they ranked Remainer Amber Rudd ahead of Brexiteers Boris Johnson and Michael Gove.
Head of Survation, Damian Lyons-Lowe, said: “It seems Conservative councillors disapprove more strongly of a fellow politician who rocks the party boat to members of the public.
“They are more sympathetic to Cabinet loyalists like Sajid and Hunt. Boris’ supporters will be dismayed that he is behind both Gove and Rudd in popularity terms in the Party.”
The survey revealed that 70 per cent of Tory councillors said MPs were wrong to try to oust Mrs May and one in three said they were right to do so.
Mrs May held a crunch meeting with her Tory Party MPs in a final attempt to win their support for the confidence vote, she promised them she would step down at the end of Brexit negotiatons and not contest the next general election in a bid to win approval.
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