Continuing his policy of consulting members on who should lead the party, Sir George took a straw poll at a Bucks Fizz Party held in St Mary Bourne.
"I first asked members whether MP's should take the final decision on the leadership, after consultation with the members. All but three of those present agreed. I then asked them to vote on the nine possible leaders. The top three were Ken Clarke with 11, David Davis with 10 and David Cameron with 6. Malcolm Rifkind and Liam Fox picked up a few votes. When we eliminated all but the top three, David Davis emerged narrowly ahead of Ken Clarke"
After conducting his poll, Sir George said that, whoeve won, the Party would need to develop clear policies on Europe, on the role of Government, and on the vexed issues of asylum/ terrorism/free speech/ benefits. "I recognise that these are issues that need to be dealt with sensitively; but many of myu constituents don't believe we have got the balance right yet."
At the event with Sir George was the Association Chairman, Margaret Milner-Williams and local councillor Horace Mitchell