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Dr Monica Poletti, A prankster, a coughing fit and a restless party undermine May's 'last chance' speech and give Boris a boost


Dr Monica Poletti, who helped poll Conservatives after the 2015 and 2017 general elections, said Tories said the character traits of a leader they value most are: strength and authority; the ability to "unite the nation"; and good communication skills. She said she doubts members heard those traits in May's address. Poletti points out, though, that the most popular option selected by Conservatives polled about their next leader was "I don't know," meaning no contender suited them.
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