Lord Ashcroft is a former deputy chairman of the Conservatives who donated millions to the party. He has recently commissioned a series of polls that have been critical of the party.
There had been speculation that he would be given a job in Whitehall after the last election, but none came.
Lord Ashcroft funded the tories to government and worked his guts out doing so. Afterwards Dave and his mates forgot who their friends were.
So Lord Ashcroft took some polls showing that everyone thought Dave was dead set useless.
Dave got a bit toey about the honest opinion of an honest man backed up by some bloody good research so they offered him a job to shut him up.