From the Tory website:

The Constitutional College of the Conservative Party has, in a postal ballot, voted for the proposal to change the rules for electing the Party Leader, but by an insufficient majority to effect the change.

Party Chairman, Francis Maude, said, “both MPs and the voluntary party have… decided to stick with the old system. It’s been a worthwhile debate and we’ll now get on with electing a new leader.”

Number in favour of the proposal: 611 (61.0%)
Number against the proposal: 389 (38.9%)
Number of MPs in favour of the proposal: 132 (71.4%)
Number of MPs against the proposal: 53 (28.6%)
Number of volunteers in favour of the proposal: 446 (58.4%)
Number of volunteers against the proposal: 317 (41.5%)
Number of Peers and MEPs in favour of the proposal: 33 (63.5%)
Number of Peers and MEPs against the proposal: 19 (36.5%)

Let Guido do an Anthony Wells style analysis (he uses computers, I’m using whiskey) – 71% of MPs think the activists are too stupid to be given a vote and 58% of the activists agree.



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