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This is the penultimate Cabinet League Table of the Boris Johson Government from our ConservativeHome Party members’ panel. Since we published the last one a month ago, the Cabinet has lost Sajid Javid, Michelle Donelan, Brandon Lewis, Michael Gove and Rishi Sunak (in descending order of popularity then).
And in have come Johnny Mercer (as Veterans’ Minister, entitled to attend), James Cleverly, Robert Buckland, Greg Clark, Andrew Stephenson and Shailesh Vara.
That this Cabinet is a bird of passage hasn’t stopped most previous members’ ratings from rising slightly: Liz Truss, Suella Braverman, Dominic Raab, Kwasi Kwarteng, Kit Malthouse, Therese Coffey, Simon Clarke, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Grant Shapps, George Eustice and Mark Spencer are all up – Truss by 13 points, the largest rise in this group.
Nadine Dorries, Nadhim Zahawi, Steve Barclay and Anne-Marie Trevelyan are down – the first and second significantly. Dorries evades negative ratings only marginally. Last November, the Culture Secretary was fourth in the table on 61 points. A month later, she came in on 25 points, and has been scoring poorly ever since. Zahawi plunges from second to eighth from bottom.
Of the newcomers, Johnny Mercer soars into third place on 54 points, James Cleverly is tenth on 39 points and Robert Buckland mid-table on 23. Mercer’s rating along with chart-topping Ben Wallace’s (his slip by a sliver is statistically insignificant) confirms that Conservative activists like former members of the armed forces, especially if they speak their minds on defence matters.
Behind these ups, downs and arrivals lies a story: