Will the ‘Conservative Democratic Organisation’ splinter the Tory party?

Priti Patel and Boris Johnson.

A trio of Boris Johnson’s adherents have launched a new party-within-the-Conservative-Party, apparently to oust Rishi Sunak and put their idol back on top.

The Conservative Democratic Organisation (I fear the “democratic” in the title may be ornamental – like “socialist” in the title of the former National Socialist German Workers’ Party) claims to be seeking to restore influence to members’ views:

It has been launched by David Campbell Bannerman, Lord Peter Cruddas and Priti Patel – all firm supporters of Boris Johnson, for reasons that may be revealed in the video linked below.

Sky’s Sam Coates has published an article about it which he made available on Twitter – and check out the comment here:

What does it all mean?

Well, we presume it means a leadership challenge for Rishi Sunak – either after next May’s local elections if the Tories perform poorly, or in October when his year’s ‘grace’ period after he was crowned Tory leader is over.

And we may speculate on whether it will split the Tories; their party has already been described as a coagulation of five or more different groups, and this new element may drive a wedge between them.

Or it may be a damp squib.

Here’s Phil Moorhouse of A Different Bias with his take on it, which I don’t think I could better:

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