British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and 15 of his cabinet ministers risk losing their seats in a general election “wipeout” in 2024, according to a media report citing new polls.
Senior Tory figures – including Prime Minister Sunak, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab and Health Secretary Steve Barclay – are all at risk of being defeated in elections expected in 2024, according to polls shared with The Independent newspaper.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, Affairs Secretary Grant Shapps, Commons leader Penny Mordaunt and Environment Secretary Therese Coffey could also lose their seats, according to the Focaldata poll for Best for Britain.
According to the poll, only five cabinet ministers – Jeremy Hunt, Suella Braverman of Indian descent, Michael Gove, Nadhim Zawawi and Kemi Badenoch – would remain in office after the 2024 election.
A new analysis shared with The Independent on 10 crucial ‘bellwether’ seats – those that have voted consistently with the winning party over the last few decades – shows that Labor is on track to take all 10.
“Sunak’s cabinet deserves nothing short of destruction,” said Naomi Smith, chief executive of Best for Britain, a group campaigning for internationalist values and for closer ties with the EU. The high percentage of insecure voters still gives the Tories a chance to make the election in the nick of time, Smith said. Despite dismal polls for Sunak’s party, analysis by Best for Britain has revealed that Labour’s massive lead over the Tories could be more fragile than previously thought.
Sunak, 42, is scrambling to revive Tory fortunes in early 2023, with the most recent polls giving Labor a lead of around 20 points. Polling experts said a slight poll bounce after Sunak took over from Liz Truss is now “flatlined,” the report said.
Earlier this week, Sunak attempted to revive his premiership by making five pledges to turn around the economy, cut NHS waiting lists and “stop the small boats” by the 2024 election.
But the latest findings of the MRP poll raise questions about Sunak’s leadership ahead of his first real electoral test in May’s local elections. Some in the Tory party think a beating could push former Prime Minister Boris Johnson back.
A grassroots Tory group made up of Johnson’s allies plans to launch a “Momentum-style” campaign to give members full power in the selection of candidates.
Many Johnson supporters blame Sunak’s resignation last July for the collapse of his government.
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