He was up against Olly Monk, a fellow Cornwall councillor, and Alex Rogers, who has worked for Grant Shapps. Each candidate gave “great presentations” and “would be brilliant MPs”.
The Environment Secretary, in charge of the seven-year transition from the Common Agricultural Policy, prefers to do good by stealth.
Amidst the gathering leadership election debate, there is a lack of focus on who such voters are and where they live.
We continue our post-match inspection of our battleground profiles with the Liberal Democrat graveyard of the South West.
The battlegrounds show a mix of results. But UKIP is down across the board.
The second piece in our series explores the intense struggles across the South West of England.