A group of Conservative members from the “red wall” and right wing have accused Rishi Sunak of neglecting the voters who helped the party win power in 2019.
The MPs Miriam Cates and Danny Kruger, co-chairs of the New Conservatives group, released a statement that served as a warning shot. This came as frustration among certain backbenchers escalated due to the dismissal of Suella Braverman and the reinstatement of David Cameron in the government.
Although they continue to support the prime minister, they expressed worry that the recent reshuffle may signal a significant shift in the government’s policies.
The Conservative party appears to be intentionally distancing themselves from the group of voters who helped them gain a significant majority in the 2019 election.
The New Conservatives, formed in May and led by deputy chairman Lee Anderson, are using a gradual approach to express their worries, in order to increase pressure on Sunak.
Cates and Anderson, both Members of Parliament, represent Penistone and Stocksbridge in South Yorkshire and Ashfield in the east Midlands, respectively. They are part of the group of Conservative politicians who were successful in securing former Labour seats in northern England and the Midlands during the 2019 elections.
Following the initial meeting of the revamped Cabinet on Tuesday, which was joined by Cameron, the New Conservatives characterized the 2019 electoral triumph under Boris Johnson as being based on the success of the leave vote in the 2016 Brexit referendum.
Targeting the Tories during Cameron’s tenure, the group mentioned how these voters had refused to conform to the belief that Britain was in decline, which was shared by other political parties. This belief was believed to have caused twenty years of stagnant wages, a foreign policy that did not succeed with China and the European Union, and a cultural agenda that disregarded British history and denied biological sex.
They stated that until yesterday, they clung to the belief that the government was still committed to realignment. However, this hope has since diminished.
In terms of politics, it seems that the leaders have chosen to disregard the voters who switched to our party in the last election. They are willing to give up the seats we took from the Labour party in 2019 in order to gain support in other areas.
Currently, it is unclear how much support Braverman has. However, supporters of the former home secretary stated last Friday that there were approximately 50 Members of Parliament prepared to voice their complaints if she was dismissed. This was in response to various controversies, including her allegations that the police showed bias towards movements like Black Lives Matter.
The most recent involvement occurred after members of the New Conservatives held a private meeting in parliament on Monday evening to discuss the reshuffle. This led to dissatisfaction being voiced by MPs outside of the group as well.
Earlier on Tuesday, former chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng stated that Cameron represented “outdated politics.” He and others believe that the new foreign secretary must clearly state their dedication to the potential benefits of Brexit.
The former business secretary, Jacob Rees-Mogg, also claimed on Monday night that the Conservatives were in danger of losing votes to the Reform UK party, saying the champagne would be flowing at its headquarters.
Richard Tice, the leader, stated on Tuesday that the party had gained hundreds of new members due to what he referred to as “Tory chaos”.