Penny Mordaunt jumps up Tory popularity poll after sword role at Coronation

Penny Mordaunt acting as sword bearer

Penny Mordaunt’s popularity with Tory members has shot up following her sword-wielding at the Coronation, a new poll shows.

The Commons leader is now second place in Conservative Home’s Cabinet league table with a net satisfaction rating of 62.4.

Ms Mordaunt, a former Tory leadership hopeful, has gone up from fourth place on 46.7 last month.

The Portsmouth North MP went viral for her role carrying ceremonial swords at the King’s Coronation at Westminster Abbey earlier this month.

As Lord President of the Council, she was responsible for bearing The Sword of State and presenting The Jewelled Sword of Offering to Charles.

Ms Mordaunt drew comparisons to Pippa Middleton, who stole the show at her sister Kate’s royal wedding.

Elsewhere in the Cabinet league table, Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch drops from second to fourth with her net popularity rating going from 60.4 to 46.7.

Ms Badenoch has come under criticism this month after plans for a post-Brexit bonfire of EU laws were watered down.

Rishi Sunak has also dropped from sixth place with a rating of 47.4 to mid-table on 21.6.

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Meanwhile a record six Cabinet ministers are on negative ratings including Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Secretary Michael Gove on minus 3.7 and Energy Security and Net Zero Grant Shapps on minus 5.8.

Foreign Office Minister Andrew Mitchell is on minus 7.3, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is on minus 7.4 and Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick’s net satisfaction rating stands at minus 9.5.

Environment Secretary Therese Coffey, who was the only Cabinet minister in negative ratings last month, is on minus 10.4.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace remains top of the table with a net popularity score of 84.5.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly stays in third place on 56.5.

Health Secretary Steve Barclay is fifth with a net satisfaction rating of 39.1.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman is up a place since last month from seventh to sixth, but her score has dropped from 47.3 to 37.9.

Veterans Minister Johnny Mercer, Scotland Secretary Alister Jack, Security Minister Tom Tugendhat and Science, Innovation and Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan complete the top 10.

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