02 NOV 2010
By Tim Montgomerie | Conservative Home
1,447 Tory members took part in a ConservativeHome poll from after Friday's EU summit until lunchtime yesterday.
The results - reported in the Daily Mail
- suggest that members do not agree with David Cameron's claim that he got a good deal for Britain. Cameron said he had "succeeded spectacularly
" in capping increased EU spending at +2.9%. 62% of party members disagree. 85% think the EU budget should have been cut.
More significantly, on a forced choice question, 74% think the Prime Minister should have used Angela Merkel's request for a Treaty amendment as an opportunity to get some powers repatriated to Britain. 26% agreed that accepting the Treaty amendment was in Britain's interest. Mrs Merkel is being portrayed
as Europe's new "Iron Lady" because of her negotiating triumph.
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