Boris Johnson is second from bottom in the latest Conservative Home league table surveying Tory party members. It is a remarkable finding, considering only two years years ago next month he won a majority of 80 in the general election.
Recent tax rises, rows and rambling speeches about Peppa Pig have taken their toll, it seems. Foreign Secretary, pictured posing Thatcher-style in a tank today on a trip abroad, is out in front in the survey.
The Prime Minister is back in negative ratings and is now second from bottom with minus 17 per cent, ahead of Chief Whip Mark Spencer who is on minus 27 per cent.
The Conservative Home survey has been a highly reliable guide to the temperature of Tory activists down the years. Those frontbenchers languishing low down like to say it is nonsense, although they tend to change their view if they move up the rankings. The full ConHome table can be read here.
This time the Owen Paterson scandal and migrant crisis clearly went down badly with the Tory membership, with House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg and Home Secretary Priti Patel also taking big hits in the survey.
Others have every reason to be chuffed. Lord Frost – who has been robust in his talks with the European Union’s Maroš Šefčovič over the Northern Ireland Protocol – is the second most popular minister on 73 per cent.
Liz Truss is at the top of the table with 82 per cent. Truss – whose Tory leadership pitch appears to be repeating the words “freedom” as much as possible – has been in first place for over a year now.