According to a report in The Times, the prime minister and Greg Hands, the Conservative Party chairman, have challenged ministers to complete at least three days of campaigning in key areas. A league table has been set up and at cabinet last week Sunak congratulated Lucy Frazer, the culture secretary, for being in pole position.
The obvious choice for East Devon, until a week ago, would have been Simon’s one-time political boss and mentor: Dominic Raab.
Think of the headlines: “Deputy Prime Minster canvassing in Devon”.
Unfortunately, Dominic is now just the latest “has been” in a long list of resignations.
Over the border in Mid Devon Neil Parish has shown no inhibition in “putting himself about”, sprinkling a little bit of “star dust” in support of some hapless “independent” candidate.
Although never a minister, Neil has a name recognition score way ahead of most of them.
These days, that is all that really matters
If anyone spots a minister, please let Owl know.