For Rishi Sunak, it IS over – but not because of Reform UK or Lee Anderson

Lee Anderson: he’s a big supporter of Boris Johnson (left) so he may well be enjoying the turmoil stirred up by Johnson supporters in the Conservative Party as a result of his defection to Reform UK.

How ridiculous – but it’s fun watching the Tories tearing strips off each other:

Supporters of Boris Johnson have launched a fresh bid to oust Prime Minister Rishi Sunak after MP Lee Anderson joined Reform UK, the party founded by Nigel Farage.

David Campbell Bannerman, the Chair of the Conservative Democracy Organisation, told Times Radio it was “over” for Mr Sunak as he claimed a further nine Tory MPs are considering defecting. “Rishi is to blame directly for this and Conservative MPs must wake up now or die politically,” said the former MEP who is a staunch supporter of Mr Johnson. “They must get letters in and remove Rishi rapidly. [It] can be done in one week. Only then can we turn things around.”

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The New Conservatives, a group of right wing Tories that Mr Anderson had been part of, said: “The responsibility for Lee’s defection sits with the Conservative Party… We cannot pretend any longer that ‘the plan is working’. We need to change course urgently.”

Anderson himself is a supporter of Boris Johnson and it is likely that he is hugely enjoying the turbulence he has caused.

But This writer doesn’t think he’ll trigger mass defections to Reform UK.

The former Brexit Party only had half as many votes as the Tories in the Rochdale by-election, and that was an extraordinarily low turnout for the most successful political party in the UK’s history.

Tory MPs know that most people vote tribally – for the brand, rather than the candidate* – and will believe they should stay put, whatever the result at the next general election.

And Boris Johnson remains as far from returning to the Tory leadership as ever.

Tory grandees know that Johnson has lost the confidence of the electorate; based on all the evidence, we think he’s a liar and a crook. He won’t be winning any more elections for them.

*This Writer is trying to change that situation. Voters should judge candidates in their constituencies based on who they are and what they offer, rather than on which party they represent. It is tribal voting that has brought the UK to its current historic low point.

Source: Boris Johnson supporters tell Rishi Sunak ‘it’s over’ as nine more Tory MPs in talks to defect – Mirror Online

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