Liz Truss shuts down tank comparison to Margaret Thatcher
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The Foreign Secretary has been dethroned after a year at the top of Conservative Home’s monthly survey of party members. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace is now first place, according to the website’s January polling.
Mr Wallace has a net satisfaction rating of 80 points, up from 62 the month before.
Meanwhile, Ms Truss’s net satisfaction rating has dropped to 67 points from 74 in December.
The Foreign Secretary has been tipped as a future leadership contender and she was hailed in her previous role as International Trade Secretary.
In December it was announced she was taking over the Brexit brief from Lord Frost following his resignation.
In comparison to Ms Truss and Mr Wallace, the embattled Prime Minister’s net satisfaction rating is minus 17.
However, the rating is an improvement from minus 34 the month before in what was a record low in the monthly surveys.
It comes as Mr Johnson is desperately battling to cling on to his premiership amid the partygate saga.
In the latest blow to the Prime Minister, senior Tory Tobias Ellwood today confirmed he will be submitting a formal letter stating he has no confidence in him.
Meanwhile in the polling of Tory grassroots, Rishi Sunak is in 10th place with a net satisfaction rating of 39.
The Chancellor is widely seen as a favourite to take over from Mr Johnson.
Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab is just behind Mr Sunak in 11th with a rating of 37.
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Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi, International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Cabinet office minister Steve Barclay are in third, fourth and fifth.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, Attorney General Suella Braverman, and Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey are in sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.
The polling comes as the Prime Minister is facing further pressure as reports suggest he attended more of the gatherings being investigated by police than previously thought.
It took place before the long-awaited report from civil servant Sue Gray into alleged rule-breaking No 10 parties during Covid restrictions was released on Monday.
The probe revealed there were 12 events between 2020 and 2021 being investigated by police.
She was unable to publish her full findings because of the Met inquiry but Mr Johnson is now believed to have been present for at least six of the gatherings under investigation.
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