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What you've said: 3 November 2005
Find out what you had to say about the special edition of Question Time with David Cameron and David Davis, on Thursday, 3 November, 2005, from Nottingham.

David Cameron and David Davis

The topics discussed were:

The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received:

Youth vs experience

Audience question: In the contest for leadership, is youth or experience most important?

You said:

The importance of experience was discussed. Please remember that experience is like a ticket to a train, which has left the platform. Experience is about the past. Vision is about the future.
Jorgen Petersen, Southport

Text: The party needs youth to revitalise it! Cameron all the way!
Michael P

An impressive contest. Davis showed his experience by using the oldest tricks in the book to score cheap points. Cameron fought like a young pretender, clearly still wet behind his political ears. But the question the Tories must ask is what of the future?

I'd say there is plenty still to come from Cameron. He may have lost this bout on points but he will clearly improve. I think we have already seen as good as it gets from Davis.
Justin, London

Text: Of course it's important-Cameron is wet behind the ears.
AP, Birmingham

Text: Youth is what politics needs nowadays. We need a sharp diverse leader.
Adam, Northern Ireland

I think what the debate showed tonight was the two varying interpretations of what type of election this is. David Davis seems to be treating this leadership election like a general election, all focus on specific policies rather than a general ideology and strategy.

The majority of the people in the Conservative Party who want to make it tick I think will be voting for David Davis. I certainly will
Christine Jeffreys, studio audience

Cameron seems to be much more aware that this is a leadership contest for the Conservative party, and indeed an important chance for an overall ideological change in the direction of the party.
Paul Banks, Birkenhead

Text: Never mind about youth or anything else, let's have an honest man in politics for a change.
B, Leeds

David Davis produced an encouraging, forward-looking, engaging, eloquent and considered performance; quite the opposite of his opponent. Question Time sorted the men from the boys!
O Foster, Reading

David Cameron for me. He is young, dynamic, honest, intelligent and a real ray of hope for the Conservative Party. David Davis is becoming boring by constantly trying to compare David Cameron to Tony Blair - it shows signs of desperation and foul play or, should I say, SPIN!
Margaret Morton, Altrincham, Cheshire

I was very impressed with the two Davids show on BBC Question Time. Since I believe that inexperienced management and lack of core knowledge has ruined our country in more ways than one, I would go for David Davis rather than the PR encyclopaedia salesman Cameron. But because there is some general innate stupidity (over the last 30 years) to put round pegs into square holes I expect the Tory Party will vote in Cameron.
Jack Biggs, Weymouth, Dorset

Text: Davis has more experience now but Cameron can gain that. Davis can never gain youth or charm.
Alexandra, Durham

Text: Come the next election, Cameron will be ripe. Davis will be stale.
Richard, Ashby

After watching the two candidates last night, it is clear that both are all fluff and no substance. It seems that the Tories have failed, yet again, to pick the right man (Ken Clarke). It's the same old Tories with the same old stories - and long may it continue.
R W Wood, Liverpool

Text: We don't want work-experience-Cameron running our country.
Jen, Teddington

As a young person, I must say that Mr. Cameron has it wrong with some of his views on the priorities of youth. All of my friends are far more interested in the fate of our fellow British citizens in Gibraltar and our former colony of Zimbabwe than Darfur.
Michael Smith, Swindon

Terrorism act

Audience question: Is 90 days too long to be held without charge?

You said:

These guys cannot do maths very well. Did they not realise that 90 days is equal to three months, not six?! Where's their education?!
Simon George Spratt, London

Please do put Simon George Spratt, London straight on his Mathematics remark regarding the Terrorism question ! . . 90 Days is indeed 3 Months, but to serve 3 Months in prison you would have had to been served a 6 Month Sentence. ie The two Davids are perfectly competent at Maths! Thankfully!
Clint Dando, Radstock

European powers

Audience question: Both candidates have stated that they want to retrieve powers taken from the UK by the EU. If either were PM, what specific powers would they want back?

You said:

I am a young member of the Tory party, but old enough to remember trudging the streets in 2001 and 2005 elections when we played the Europe card. The electorate told us then, as they are saying now, Europe is not an issue. Why then is Mr Davis replaying this non issue. what about crime, health, pensions?
Henry Hendron, Ealing Broadway

I keep hearing that Britain is the only opposing voice to many EU initiatives. David Davis "I have found myself arguing 15 against one". Is there not a certain arrogance in Britain's attitude in that we are the only ones that have thought things though and everyone else in Europe is being stupid?
Enrique Febrer-Bowen, London

David Davis says that Ireland has a growing economy. Is it not true that Britain has been pumping subsidies and grants into Ireland to help the regeneration process? I believe it is quite profitable to go into business there at present, and is attracting some well known IT companies. I personally don't mind paying the tax I pay if it means I might one day get a pension and have my ailments tended to when needed. What I do object to is my money being given to Europe to subsidise the MEPs 'jollies' and extravagant Headquarters.
Helen Piper, Waterlooville

Both contenders for the leadership of the Conservative Party have their good points, but who is going to take us out of the EU and thereby let us regain our national identity, our sense of responsibility to our country, and envigorate our economy by looking to the whole world and not just constrained by the edicts from Brussels?
Lesley Beardsley, Reading

How do you stand about the EU? The sure way to win the next election is to embrace ALL the many people who are Anti-Eu, Any party that makes our removal from the EU, would have all other anti-eu parties falling over to get their message over. Three parties at the moment all have one aim, Join the EU, giving the people NO CHOICE, we need the other choice NO EU!
R E Lamming, Hull

Text: Which one won't be a European puppet like now?
Alan, Watford

Text: Which one of these two will take the UK out of George Bush's pocket?
RL, Bucks

Text: David Davis has the most authority. Cameron will drag us more into the EU.
Peter, Felixstowe

Text: Until all Conservative MPs can agree on EU policy they will not win a general election.
Phil, Coventry

Europe is important and is about maintaining our own competitiveness in a competitive world but I think it is so important we concentrate on UK macro policies.
Jonathan Allen, London

Tax cuts

Audience question: Do specific promises on tax cutting make sense four years away from an election?

You said:

Did I hear right when Davis says a £1200 reduction in taxes for ALL families. Usually it is the "average family" which is not of course "most families". Indeed most families can be worse off while the strange average family is better off. Averages mean very little. The Tories will make the rich much better off. So the average family will then be better off as an average, but not in real terms.
Len Burch, Nottingham

Surely it can be understood that a low tax economy is the only one that allows for growth - i.e. when taxes are low the wealth stays in the country and when taxes are high the wealth goes off-shore!
Calland Mrs C, UK

Brilliant! Really impressed with Cameron's intellectual, yet obvious, approach towards issues at home and abroad. Very good on the econamy, tax and education. Davis just seemed to give more of what's already on offer.
Graham Wild, Lincoln

Text: Why can no party produce people who come across as true leaders? We don't need tax cuts!
Sam, Newcastle

Text: Whoever says he will abolish council tax gets my vote.
Howard, Ayrshire

David Davis is one more heavy Thatcherite Tory. His multi-billion pound promises of tax cuts would be the lead article for every paper in the run up to any general election, and the question will be how many doctors, teachers and nurses will you sack? It's a hostage to fortune that will be a mill stone round his and the party's neck from the day he was elected. The Tories need a leader for the next general election and the one after. It's not Davis.
Keith Francis, Desborough

I work in the City and I'd like to see a stable economy and not a return to boom and bust. We're now experiencing an extremely volatile period of terror threats, unstable prices, low confidence and rising interest rates. What can the candidates offer to manage the well-being of the domestic economy??
Wai, London

Family values

Audience question: What will the candidates do to reaffirm family values and ensure that the tax system rewards marriage rather than penalises it?

You said:

What both candidates said about marriage has alienated me. I'm divorced and have a son with my ex-wife, but since the divorce we are a much closer family unit. This didn't seem to matter to either David and I think that is very narrow minded.
Ed Vass, Sheffield

As a full time mother of young children, including pre-school children, who doesn't work (at the moment while children are young), I was disappointed to hear yet again David Cameron with Davis in agreement that support for childcare was a solution again. Why on earth can subsidies not be given to families regardless of whether the mother (or father in few cases) is working or not? I believe I am the best person to bring up my own children. I do not necessarily want to ram this opinion down other people's throats but I do not see why our family cannot be eligible if there are subsidies available to the child carer which in our case is me!
Jennifer Wilson, Glasgow

Concerning marriage, David Cameron says he is all for families being together, but does this include gay families?
Dani Mike, Kent

Would you extend the institution of marriage to same sex couples if you were able to form a government?
Nicholas Horsfield, Leicester

Younger voters

Audience question: Given that the average age of a Conservative Party member is 65+, how can you convince a younger person that your party is relevant and worthy of votes?

You said:

I am 19, and not particularly allied to any party. However, I am fed up with the current Government. Youth, as a part of the PR genius of New Labour, did indeed put Labour in power, but the crucial error lies with Conservatives who believe that the same formula regurgitated with a blue tinge might do the same for them at the next election. This is not merely misguided, it is hugely counter-productive. This country's electorate are fed up with New Labour, and with youth and PR triumphing over dignity and experience.
Jonathan Shilland, Edinburgh

I am 21 and voted Conservative at the last election. Davis did better overall in this debate, though my vote still goes to Cameron as I believe he will move the party in a new direction, away from the traditional Tory comfort-zone.

Announcing policies on tax cuts at this stage is not wise as the economic conditions could change dramatically in four years and if the Tories are re-elected as a result of economic problems then the proposed tax cuts are unlikely to materialise.
Nathan James, Consett

I am 11 years old. I am not really into politics but I think it is a good show.
Boohema, Chiswick

As a student I feel I would be far more likely to still want to vote Conservative in the next general election if David Davis was to lead the party. I think that, given time, David Cameron's shine will fall off if he is given leadership and the party will continue to flounder. If nothing else, this programme does seem to have highlighted, for me at least, the differing level of experience held by the two candidates. David Davis is by far superior in this respect, and I feel that is crucial. As someone with no political party affiliations I can only hope that the Conservative Party chooses the right candidate, whichever it may be.
Nick, Sheffield

As a 25-year-old interested in the politics, but turned off by the current political process, there seemed to be one difference between the two candidates for the Tory leadership. Cameron seems to want the Conservatives to win the next election, whilst Davis seems content to let Labour lose the next election.
Jon Groom, Stamford

It may come as some surprise to Mr Cameron but as a young person soon to be graduating university my main area of concern is not sub-Saharan Africa or the weekly wage of a Zambian farmer. I would in fact like to be able to get a job in a growing economy, be able to walk down my street without being robbed and be able to send my kids to a competent school, even if Eton is out of the question. David Davis is the clear winner; Cameron is Blair in a blue tie.
Edward Jackson, Manchester

Davis looked the far more accomplished of the two tonight. I felt faintly nauseous hearing the media-savvy Cameron namedrop issues like African poverty and the Darfur crisis, "because that's what young people are interested in." Cameron is great at slipping in all the right buzzwords.
Jonathan Birch, Cambridge


Audience question: Would you either rescind or amend the ludicrous anti-hunting bill, passed to appease left wing back benchers?

You said:

A third of the party membership want to know - will you overturn the ban on hunting with dogs?
Sarah Ben-Graham, Ashby De La Zouche

I have stuck with the Labour party over the last few years, but like many others have become very disillusioned and might have been prepared to consider voting Conservative in a future election. However, having watched the programme and thinking David Davis measured and well-grounded, and David Cameron a good speaker but lacking real experience, I thought their comments on reintroducing fox hunting shot the party in the foot. Having said they wanted to appeal to the poor and ordinary people and rid themselves of the label of serving the upper classes, in one short sentence I feel they both alienated half the country.
Helen W, Newton Stewart

Text: Both of them support hunting so neither of them will be popular with the electorate.
Mary, Durham

Text: If they are both pro-hunting, I'll vote Labour next time.
Peter, Felixstowe


Audience question: Do you believe that in today's Britain that drug taking at university is all part of an ordinary university experience?

You said:

I was 100% swayed by David Cameron last night and was just about to change my vote from Lib Dem until he made the comment on considering downgrading Ecstasy! NO WAY will I be now voting for him. Try having your drink spiked with this Mr Cameron. It is no laughing matter! And you should be taken out of Government with a view like this, because that view seriously scared me!
Andrea Kelly, Swansea

To downgrade ecstasy is a cheap, media-grabbing, unthought policy. Having used both ecstasy and cannabis regularly, downgrading both is stupid unless you can control the dosage of drug being taken and what it has been cut with. Either control the quality and supply (ie legalise and tax) or make it illegal and mean it, but don't use cheap, headline-grabbing half measures.
Pete, Leeds

Text: Cameron's private life cannot be disregarded. I am upset - this situation is silly.
Chris B

David Cameron's comments about drug education and treatment, and the reclassification of ecstasy and cannabis, are some of the most sensible ideas I have ever heard from a politician regarding the issue.
Rory Natkiel, Leeds

Tobacco killed my father, and many thousands of others every year. Alcohol kills thousands every year and is the cause of a high proportion of the crime on our streets. When will someone talk sense about drugs?
Richard Gillett, Sheffield

General comments

You said:

I was undecided prior to the debate but would now come down strongly in favour of David Davies. I feel the fact that he pauses to consider his answers rather than giving a pre-prepared "sound bite" to each question vital bearing in mind that the future leader of the Tory party will be debating head to head with Messrs Blair & Brown
Dr. Anna Wilson, Ely, Cambs

In the General Election of 1997 the Conservative Party lost 171 seats. In the 8 years since that landslide defeat it has won back less than 40 of those seats. To win the next General Election the Party must change. The sort of change needed to form the next Government will take a leader who can appeal beyond the current Conservative core vote ¿ a person with the ability to engage and inspire new support. We believe that person is David Cameron - the leadership candidate who has the charisma and vision to deliver a modern, compassionate and consistent Conservatism. In short, he understands how we need to change to win.
Michael Fishwick, City of Durham

What we should aspire to is a fundamentally new model Party. This should be based upon key Conservative Principles of a smaller state where the state may fund certain services but not provide them. Repatriation of power to our Parliament from Brussels. More local decision making in our communities and an end to rule by Quango and interference from Judges.

Mr Davis appears to me to understand all of this and to really believe it. Mr Cameron I suspect believes in simply governing in the same way as Mr Blair but just doing things a little better
Martin Bristow, Wolverhampton

The choice cannot be clearer. Existing members of the Tory party like Davis. But the rest of us like Cameron - and its us you have to convince to change OUR vote. On QT Davis was typical of old style Punch and Judy Labour bashing, and it just doesn't work. I found so many holes in his arguments it just turned me off. Also he may have more substance but it's old Tory substance. Not interested. If you want government, chose Cameron and you may get a chance. Davis, and nothing will move nothing forward. Make new policies for the new political landscape.
Alex, London

For all the hype after Cameron's speech at the Tory Conference, his performance on QT was dull and full of waffle but with slick delivery. Davis was far the more clear and engaging- he may not have the Blair-style delivery of Cameron but more than makes up for it with his grasp of policies and debating skills. As a Tory member, Davis gets my vote.
Richard Pate, London

I would like to congratulate the candidates for not seizing or creating opportunities to downgrade the other one. I don't think that the debate was quite right though. It may have been better to have had Labour ministers there and we may have been able to gather who is the David they would fear the most. This part of the equation is quite important! Just now, we need a fierce opposition, as there is still a lot of time before the general election.
M. Thompson, Tonbridge, Kent

We are disgusted by Blair & this New Labour Government, so as floating voters we were interested in what the Conservatives could offer in the future. As working people & Civil Servants we have to say that what was on show was very disappointing. So, rural England can have the right to hunt, fat cats get fatter while businesses go bust & the workers can look forward to the dole queue as social rights are swept away. No thanks. Not as far as we are concerned. We are so glad there is a third option at the next election.
John & Heather Mulholland, Hucknall

I think people are missing the point about this debate. Sure, it was relevant for Conservative voters in the short-term, but whoever wins this will be the next contender for Prime Minister! It's an issue we should all be concerned about as it's a key issue to see what our political landscape will look like over the coming years. If Labour agreed to have such a debate, I'm sure it would be broadcast as readily.
Matthew Day, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Thank you to Question Time and the BBC for this landmark programme. It was interesting, invigorating and useful to people like myself, late diners at the political table. Whilst I have some interest in who will be crowned Tory leader, I have a greater interest in the accessibility of politics to my age group (18-25), and the BBC have made a great step forward in addressing this void. Here's to more of the same as Cameron said. Thank you BBC, spend my licence fee spend!
Richard Pate, Burnley

As a "young person", I'm going for Davis. I don't want to be patronised by someone like Cameron telling me what issues I think are important. Davis is in a totally different league to Cameron, who was completely out of his depth having left the stage-managed conference platform. Tory Party: Lose your foolish love affair with Cameron!
Andrew Burtenshaw, Hull, UK

Davis appeared more substantial and dealt with the whole event with more intelligence and wit. I was disappointed with Cameron and don't think he has the gravitas to deal with Blair or Brown.
Felix, Oxford

Davis excites the Tories, Cameron excites non Tories. Does the Tory party 'GET IT' yet?
Nick Holdsworth, Cambridge

Its definitely stirred interest in the opposition after a long time of mundane leaders. I've voted Labour in the past but after last night I think that could definitely change in the future.
Daniel M, London

This head to head debate was a brilliant idea, let us have more of these please!
Stephen James, Epsom

How do you justify using a whole Question Time programme for a debate between two politicians from the same party? This party represents only a minority of voters which implies that you chose to use the authority of the BBC to address a very limited audience. The debate is even more narrowly focussed as the electorate are only accredited members of the Conservative party numbering, I understand, only about 300,000.
Ron Bennett, UK

I am sat with a bunch of friends who are all psychiatrists. We all agree that we see a strength, moral backbone and calm in David Davis which are all necessary qualities for a prime minister. A prime minister that reflects the qualities of non psychopathic Britain. We see Mr Cameron is strong but feel his ambitions and qualities are too close to Blair's.
Darren Gillatt, Worcester

As a lifelong Labour (ex)-voter, I've been converted. Either of the two candidates would be much preferable to the current Labour bunch of chancers. Personally though, no Blair clones required: Davis is clearly the best match for Brown. Cameron Vs. Brown would be "new vs. old".
R Waldon, Bristol

Whoever win the leadership, he should bring Ken Clarke back to be the Shadow Chancellor. I really hope Cameron wins. If he wins, he definitely needs Ken to be his right hand man and Ken can build him up to become the next Prime Minister. Also they are a formidable pair if they join force together to challenge Blair and Brown.
Justin, Oxford

The biggest round of applause was reserved for William Hague¿ After the performances of the two Davids no candidate provided me with the confidence to lead a serious opposition against the big hitters of the Government. Is it not now the time of William Hague?
Shaw Kelly, London

Of the three Davids, my choice for Prime Minister would be Dimbleby.
David de Vere Webb, Washington, Tyne & Wear

Am I the only one who feels patronised by David Cameron? The man is all spin and no substance and I hope the membership realise this before electing the Tory version of Tony Blair.
Chris, Leicester

Reading the comments from the studio audience after the show, there is a clear divide. Older voters side with Davis, younger ones with Cameron. Surely this youth and sense of potential is the only aspect of either candidate that will make Blair sweat. The older generation need to be bolder and accept that its party HAS TO CHANGE.
Toby Martin, Bath

Having voted Labour in the last election and I pride myself in being the ideal front-room politician, I'm seriously considering voting Conservative at the next election. Cameron was my first choice as leader but now I'm not so sure. Davis came across as the more knowledgeable candidate and I understood his reasoning. Cameron mentioned Thatcher too much for my liking and I switched off half way through his answers.
Robert Springett, Birmingham

Having watched the two contenders this evening, I feel that either one of them would make very good leaders indeed, although my preference would be Mr Cameron. I feel that he is just the charismatic leader the party need to win the next general election. His integrity and honesty will put an end to the lethargy that has allowed the government to govern us over the last years.
Jim O'Hanlon, Watford

This was one of the best Question Time's I've seen. What a refreshing change from Labour - I can't imagine Labour allowing such as debate, maybe it will be a Tory revival next time around!
John, England

Mr Dimbleby said in his introduction that for the first time contenders for the leadership of a major UK party were debating the issues on TV. He omitted to say that conveniently for the BBC the Tory Party whittled the leadership race down to 2 people before allowing their members to vote. Other parties, notably the Liberal Democrats, allow ALL their members to participate in the selection right from the outset.
Jim Knight, Bath

Sad it is that the parliamentary Conservative Party again has failed to realise that it has both a duty and a necessity to provide an effective opposition to the government, before successfully contending for office itself. Davis and Cameron are charming men but neither has those qualities of effective leadership, together with the drive and sheer understanding that the job reqires. To watch them tonight was a sobering and dispiriting experience. It is clear that Ken Clark really would have been the wisest choice.
John Hubble, Stevenage

Before this I was sure David Cameron was the right man but Davis was much more impressive as a debater than as a speaker. He seemed to actually respond to questions rather than giving a rehearsed answer that was vaguely related. I'm now unsure who would be the best leader.
Ian, Newcastle

I don't want to be dictated to by Davis. I want the debate over the next few years that Cameron is offering. Let's get everyone's views aired and then the Conservatives can make policy that commands widespread support and has the long-term future of our country at its heart.
Douglas Kirk, Aberdeen

I was originally a David Cameron supporter mainly due to his eloquent speech at the Party Conference. However, based on tonight's show, I have sided to David Davis, simply because he has reason and substance to his beliefs, and also his experience stands out by a mile.
J Millar, Falkirk, Scotland

How can anyone who watched the question time say that Davis came across better than Cameron? Davis is careless with his policies, lives in the past and talked about his experiences. Cameron on the other hand is careful with his policies, more dignified, gave hope, and talked about his abilities and the future. He is surely the next Prime Minister. Vote Davis and let Brown and the trade unions destroy this great country. I think David Cameron has an energy and a vision that are needed in the Conservative party.
Joseph Nwokobia, Reading

Is QT the right forum for this when there is a closed electorate for the vote?
Julian Ridler, Nottingham

Text: Good luck to both. Who would want that job?
Jon, London

Text: They're a bit like Ant and Dec trying to remember which one's which.
RP, Birmingham

I think it's boring having just the two Tory contenders. We should have the normal five-member contingent on the panel so that the two Davids' utterances may be measured against the reactions of other panel members as well as those from the audience. I shan't be watching. An hour's worth of Davis's stilted delivery is more than I could bear.
Mike Mitchell, Spalding

Text: Another week, another right- wing line-up.
Andrew, Colliers Wood

Text: Why can't the Conservative party pick a leader who lasts more than a few years?
James, London

I was wondering why the show is publicised in a David vs David, "political confrontation" sort of way. Is this to boost the viewing numbers or is it really just supposed to be "gentle" political rivalry?
Deb Carp, London

Text: David Cameron looks too much like Tony Blair. David Davis looks the better prospect.
PJ, Staffs

Text: Davis seems impressive, but David Cameron speaks from his heart. Go on Cameron, you can do it.
JSH, London

I am split between the two, but whoever wins I hope he selects his leadership rival in his shadow cabinet.
D Roper, Liverpool

I started to watch the debate as a tentative Davis supporter but pretty much resigned to the thought that Cameron was going to win the leadership election. At the end of the debate I thought Davis had been the more impressive by quite a margin. Assuming the majority of Conservative Party members were watching, I feel now that Davis will get my vote, and the majority of party members' votes, and will deservedly become party leader.
Michael Linnard, Carlisle

Cameron, Cameron, Cameron
Rob, London

A fantastic edition of Question Time. Stripped down to the bare essentials, it was apparent that the aberrated lens of the written press has distorted the image of Cameron into something that could pass for a leader. Tonight we saw the real Cameron without his advisors and aides and it was not a pretty sight; boyish, inexperienced and out of touch.
John Burns, Manchester

Text: One-hour Tory party political broadcast?
Ron, Yeovil

Text: Is this the best the Tories can do? zzzz. Tony will be relieved.
Roy, Birmingham

Text: Why do we need either of these? We Tories have got Tony.
Chris, Leicester

Why is the BBC giving dedicated airtime to this debate? There are more pressing issues to be discussed than these two people talking about their desire the be the leader of the Tory party. This is a misuse of Licence Fee payers' money.
Carl Lander, Bristol

It was a pleasure to watch this debate tonight. The issues were well researched and well debated. However, the most over-riding feeling from this debate is of RESPECT and CIVILITY. Each candidate respected the view of the other even if they disagreed, they each respected the differences of opinion in each other's arguments. What a breath of fresh air!!! I have been a Labour supporter for many years, but am now being swayed by the Tory way.
Jay Morice, Hull

Text: David Davis - you float my boat. You may be the Tories' last chance.
Sharon, Reading

Text: Cameron looked more the leader of the two as they walked onto the stage and will walk this election.
Nigel, Wiltshire

Text: Are there three Davids on the show or have I been binge drinking again?
Trev, Essex

Text: Cameron is nothing but a chancer... and it shows.
Jean, Bury

Text: Cameron's dishy. Be good to get a bit of glamour back in politics.
Sarah, Essex

This evening's debate between the prospective leaders of the Conservative Party was a joy to watch. As a former student of political science and having previously been reduced to voting Conservative only for the sake of strengthening the opposition, seeing Cameron and Davis engage in civilised but constructive debate was refreshing and encouraging. Whoever should win the contest, I believe that one of the great achievements of their campaigns has been to bring their party back into the public eye as a credible alternative for government. They seem sincere and passionate, in stark contrast to their predecessors. With one of them at the helm, I will be voting for them with my full support, into government at the next election, and they will win.
Emma Harrison, London

Text: I think the one in the middle is the best for the job!
Ian, Keighley

Text: It all looks like a low-budget version of The Weakest Link. Goodbye.
Gary B, Uxbridge

Text: I know the licence fee is up for debate again but can't you afford chairs? I can't relax.
Richard, Lewes

Text: Excuse me while I just throw up. Is this for real? Welcome to America.
Bev, Liverpool

Text: Good luck to Davis - he is a gentleman.
Annette, Diss

Text: I'm not a Tory, but Cameron is impressive - fresh, honest and full of integrity. A new Portillo.

Text: Where is the passion and fire? That's what we want to see!
Wilf, Yorks

Text: Cameron is the dynamic leader we have been crying out for. Davis looks out of his depth.
Julie, Glasgow

Text: David Cameron has waffled for half an hour, and said nothing.
David, Buxton

I make these comments immediately after having watched the show, hence before there is any reaction in the newspapers to distort views on the subject. I feel David Davis thoroughly outperformed David Cameron in the debate. He generated an impressive amount of applause and he came across as a man with real substance. While I am not a Conservative voter, I would without doubt be more likely to vote for a man like David Davis. I truly am sick and tired of the spin and I believe that, if nothing else, David Davis would certainly be a man who would deliver what he promises.
Damien Stebbings, Guildford, England

Whoever wins it is clear Labour have a real fight at the next election from a re-energised Conservative Party led by a leader with a clear view of what needs to be done to repair all Labour's damage. David Davis knew he entered the debate way behind, and threw everything but the kitchen sink at David Cameron - some of it unfair and underhand. David Cameron weathered it all, and really showed his mettle in the last 15 minutes. Tax-man Brown vs Compassionate Conservative Cameron? No contest. Tory win.
Robin Wiggs, North Wales

Superb programme tonight. I am a Tory at heart and hope that David Davis takes the leadership, as I believe that he has seen more of life than the "Young Pretender". Even so! If David Cameron wins, I believe that he will also make a good leader. Not the best but a good leader. Please keep up this unbiased, brilliant programme.
Tim Paulus, Kingston Upon Hull

How can the BBC be allowed to broadcast such a one-sided political programme. There is no chance for anyone from Labour or Libs to counter any of the things that are being said. This is no better than a party political broadcast on behalf of the Conservative party and as a public service broadcaster it should be ashamed of itself. Long live democracy?
Mick Budd, Alton, Hants

A very good programme tonight and I would like to echo David Cameron's remarks in congratulating the BBC for hosting the debate. I would, like him, like to see the leaders of the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats taking part in such a debate before the next General Election. I doubt if they ever will though sadly. Well chaired and clear debate which I thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you to all the three Davids who made the programme.
Steve Fuller, Hove, East Sussex

I am split between the two, but whoever wins I hope he selects his leadership rival in his shadow cabinet.
D Roper, Liverpool

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