Plot to oust PM continues after by-election losses

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Conservatives plotting to oust Rishi Sunak were on Friday reluctant to openly call for his removal for fear of triggering a rallying around the Prime Minister from colleagues, i understands.

But insiders suggested the so-called plotters were continuing to work behind the scenes on a so-called “grid of shit” news in an effort to destabilise Mr Sunak, although some right-wingers are more immediately focused on policy rather than leadership change.

Despite warnings that twin by-election defeats this week would be the next stage in efforts to oust the Tory leader, rebel MPs largely kept their own counsel on Friday.

Former home secretary Suella Braverman, one of Mr Sunak’s fiercest critics, notably used the morning after the vote to instead praise a post from her successor James Cleverly about getting more beat officers out on the beat in crime hotspots, and did not criticise the leader.

i understands that some of the rebels are wary of another backlash after Sir Simon Clarke went public with calls to oust Mr Sunak last month, triggering a wave of criticism and a rallying around of the Prime Minister.

But asked whether this meant that the “grid of shit” aimed at removing Mr Sunak had been abandoned, a rebel source said: “I’m sure the effluent will keep flowing.”

The most stinging public criticism came from New Conservatives co-chairs Danny Kruger and Miriam Cates, who urged Mr Sunak to “change course” but did not call for him to go.

They said the Prime Minister must say he is willing to quit the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and repeal the Human Rights Act if courts in Strasbourg or the UK block his Rwanda deportation plan, to introduce further curbs on legal migration, to cut benefits and to cut income tax and end so-called “fiscal drag” by raising payment thresholds.

The pair said: “The results in yesterday’s by-elections are unequivocal: Labour are winning because many of the people who backed us in 2019 are staying at home or voting Reform.

“Voters are not flocking to Labour. They want a genuine alternative to the consensus politics of the last two decades – high taxes, low security, managed decline.”

Their demands were echoed by MPs on the right who said Mr Sunak needed to crack down on migration to win around stay-at-home Tory voters.

One senior former-minister urged the Prime Minister to “be more conservative” to get the Tories’ vote out, “on law and order, on the culture wars and above all, on immigration”.

“The Conservatives have got to get their vote out, we’ve got to find ways of enthusing the Conservative electorate and that’s the job of Rishi Sunak over the coming months.

“Tory voters want the Government to be more conservative.”

Another right-winger said Mr Sunak getting the Rwanda deportation plan up and running and stopping the boats crossing the Channel was more crucial than ever.

“Reform’s result is a reflection of the dissatisfaction on the issue of migration.

“They will harm the country by paving the way for an antisemitic, economically stagnant Labour Party, which will not resolve issues such as migration at the general election.

“The Conservative Party must show that it is on the side of the British people and start to deliver what we set out in our 2019 manifesto.”

The message was echoed by Lord Frost, who was Brexit negotiator under Boris Johnson’s premiership.

The Tory peer said: “These by-elections show the same story as previous ones: former Conservative voters are simply not coming out and voting Conservative.

“The Labour vote isn’t going up, but ours is collapsing.

“To get voters back we need a shift to more conservative policy, on tax and spend, immigration, net zero, public sector reform, and more.

“It’s late, but not – yet – too late.”

Dame Andrea Jenkyns meanwhile renewed her call to change leader.

She wrote on X (formerly Twitter): “We don’t want to be here but sticking heads in the sand will make matters worse.

“Last chance saloon to change course with a new leader, be tough on immigration and save our great country from the socialists.”

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