Discouragement in the party forces desertion among ‘Tory’ deputies

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A dozen parliamentarians announce their withdrawal and another fifty threaten to follow this path before the collapse of the formation and government

Political losses are inevitable before and after an electoral context, but Britain’s Conservative Party is facing an exodus of MPs two years before parliamentary elections. Some 12 MPs have indicated their intention to withdraw from the House of Commons and give up defending their seat in the election campaign, which is scheduled for the end of 2024. Fifty representatives of the ‘Tory’ caucuses could follow the same path and announce their retirement from Westminster. , due to the instability of the leadership and the collapse of the government and the party in the opinion polls after 12 years in power.

The 356 “Tory” deputies have until December 5 to confirm their willingness or resignation to run in the 2024 general election. And the victims announced so far are not the usual suspects of every election cycle, essentially seasoned parliamentarians with a view to joining gentlemen. On the contrary, the new breed of deserters are around forty years old, they made their debut in the House in the new millennium and hold positions of responsibility in government or Westminster committees.

This is the case of Dehenna Davison, 29, a deputy since 2019 and holding a ministerial portfolio in the Regional Equality Department. He won Bishop Auckland Square, in County Durham, a real focus of economic recovery led by private investment in Spanish art. It is part of the so-called “red wall” of districts in the north of England that renounced Jeremy Corbyn’s labor socialism and relied on Boris Johnson’s promotional recipe to implement Brexit. Two years later, 52% of those surveyed believe it was a mistake to leave the European Union and the polls predict the demise of the ‘Tories’ in the old Labor strongholds.

“The youth and strength of those who have announced their departure are surprising. Not a stream of regular retirements, but an exodus of some of the party’s brightest hopes for the future,” writes political analyst John Oxley. Fear of opposition groups’ individual defeat or collective condemnation is spreading among politicians and commentators and is also coming Labor remains in the lead with 48% of voting intentions, according to recent data, followed by the ‘Tories’ with 25% and the Liberal Democrats with 9%.

Lord Ashcroft, a former Tory treasurer and millionaire who regularly polls public opinion, warns that he has never seen the Tory brand in such a bad state. The people consulted, he writes on his blog, “think it’s over” and “the majority expect a Labor victory, with or without an absolute majority”.

At present, the prime minister, Rishi Sunak, who is more popular than his party and drags only a negative balance of two points between the approved and failed of those consulted, has been saved from the terrible perception. But the new leader faces criticism from the opposition, internal divisions and recriminations from his allies.

Labor leader Keir Starmer is attacking his “weakness” against the various Conservative factions and several former ministers believe his “government is not in control of events”, be it labor strikes, environmental protests, immigration, famine or the waves of refugees crossing the English Channel.

Source: La Verdad

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