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Boris Johnson has lowest approval rating in the entire Cabinet as Tories react to Sue Gray’s Partygate report

The i 30/05/2022 Emily Ferguson

Boris Johnson’s approval ratings among Conservative activists has plummeted in the wake of Sue Gray’s report into Downing Street parties.

The Prime Minister has replaced Rishi Sunak as the most unpopular member of Cabinet, as the Chancellor saw his ratings improve slightly after his recent cost of living announcement.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace continues to have the highest net satisfaction of any minister, according to a monthly poll by Conservative Home.

The league table is closely watched as the best guide to sentiment among the Tory activist base which will choose the next leader.

Mr Johnson’s rankings in the table have varied hugely in recent months, as in March his ratings soared to +33.1 having previously stood at a record low of -34.

But last month, his ratings dropped significantly to +6.6 having become the first sitting British Prime Minister to be found to have broken the law.

The May poll has seen his fortunes deteoriate further, as he now stands at the bottom of the table on -15.

This suggests Tory party members are becoming increasingly disillusioned with his handling of the Partygate scandal and are unhappy with the claims made in Sue Gray’s damning report.

In a sign the Tories are starting to forget the furore over Mr Sunak’s US green card and his wife’s non-dom tax status, the Chancellor has seen his ratings recover from negative territory.

His ratings have risen from -5.2 to +11.7.

The Chancellor’s new cost of living interventions are also likely to have won back the support of Conservative activists who were unhappy with the Government’s response to the financial crisis affecting Britain’s poorest households.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has also seen a huge drop in support, down from +31 to +12. Conservative Home put this down to “the sugar rush of the Rwanda boats announcement” wearing off.

At the other end of the table, Mr Wallace sits comforatbly at the top on +85, followed by Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi and International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan on +66.2 and +64.6 respectively.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss’s ratings have dipped slightly, from +64 to +60, pushing her down from second to fourth place in this month’s rankings.

The odds of a Tory leadership contest taking place appear to be increasing, with a rebellion brewing in the backbenches after the Partygate report was published last week.

Just over a dozen MPs have publicly declared they have submitted a letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister but the actual figure is set to be much higher than this – though still falling short of the 54 required to trigger a confidence vote.

Conservative Home’s Net Satisfaction Ratings for the Cabinet, 30 May, 2022:

  • Ben Wallace: +85
  • Nadhim Zahawi: +66.2
  • Anne-Marie Trevelyan: +64.6
  • Liz Truss: +60.3
  • Stephen Barclay: +52
  • Suella Braverman: +50.3
  • Therese Coffey: +47.9
  • Dominic Raab: +45
  • Sajid Javid: +44.7
  • Kwasi Kwarteng: +40
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg: +38.8
  • Kit Malthouse: +36.5
  • Simon Clarke: +36.4
  • Grant Shapps: +35.6
  • Nadine Dorries: +33.8
  • Michelle Donelan: +32.6
  • Michael Gove: +29.3
  • George Eustice: +27.5
  • Baroness Evans: +26.1
  • Mark Spencer: +24.4
  • Oliver Dowden: 24.4
  • Chris Heaton-Harris: +23.7
  • Simon Hart: +20
  • Brandon Lewis: +17.6
  • Alister Jack: +16.2
  • Nigel Adams: +15.5
  • Michael Ellis: +14.1
  • Priti Patel: +12
  • Rishi Sunak: +11.7
  • Alok Sharma +1.6
  • Ben Elliot -0.4
  • Boris Johnson -15

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