Who's favourite to replace Theresa May? David Davis preferred over Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg among Conservative party members

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Bookies might be slashing odds on social media's latest cult figure, Jacob Rees-Mogg, becoming the next Tory leader, but members of the Conservative Party are not so sure he's the most qualified for the tough job.

It's the man heading up Brexit, David Davis, who is the most popular to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May as the leader of the party among its members, a new poll reveals.

Davis is backed by 21 per cent of members, according to a poll of members seen by the Guardian, well ahead of Mogg with six per cent and Marmite-like MP Boris Johnson. After famously flip-flopping on a run at the leadership after David Cameron stood down last year in the wake of the vote for Brexit, Johnson is a second-best option for Tories with 17 per cent of support.

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However, the poll also reveals there is little appetite for a shake-up at the top: May has support of 71 per cent of party members versus 22 per cent who think she should quit.

The figures come after weeks of in-fighting in May's cabinet after the disastrous General Election result which saw the Prime Minister lose her majority in Parliament. Several top ministers have warned of "too much prosecco" in the summer party season as the cause of leaks about the goings-on within May's top team.

Talks of a rift spurred May last week to warn that she would sack ministers briefing media about discussions.

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