October 5, 2005


Rivals put Davis under pressure (ePolitix, 10/05/05)

David Davis will today attempt to consolidate his position as frontrunner in the Conservative leadership race after David Cameron and Ken Clarke made powerful pitches to the Tory party conference.

The battle to succeed Michael Howard intensified as the two moderate candidates, Cameron and Clarke, won praise for their speeches to the Blackpool gathering.

While the Telegraph says Clarke upstaged a "confident and polished performance" from Cameron, the Times says the race is now "wide open".

The FT, meanwhile, says Davis now has to "show his mettle".

Today Davis will tell his party conference to stop apologising for its record and unite behind "timeless" right-wing principles that can sweep them back to power.

The shadow home secretary needs to demonstrate in his speech that he has the charisma and the intellectual weight to win decisively by the time MPs and activists have had their say on December 6.

You just know they'll manage to stick themselves with Ken Clarke. I wonder how many American conservatives would defect to Tony Blair in a race between those two?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 5, 2005 7:59 AM
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