Tory MPs 'thinking about next career' says expert
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Among those who said they will vote and excluding “don’t knows”, 56 percent said they would back Labour (up three points since October 13), while the Tories were down four points on 20 percent, the Liberal Democrats were on 11 percent, the Green Party on 5 percent, SNP 4 percent and Reform 2 percent. Including the 19 percent who did not know which way they would vote, the Labour lead was 31 points, with Sir Keir Starmer’s party on 47 percent and the Tories on 16 percent. The pollster surveyed 2,000 eligible voters in Great Britain on Sunday.
The Sun’s Noa Hoffman told LBC that Tory MPs who are projected to lose their seat are looking at different careers.
She said: “They’re quite depressed about them. There are lots of MPs thinking about what their next career will be.
“They’re thinking, ‘I’m going to be out of the job soon’.
“MPs in really safe seats think their seat has gone. It’s really upsetting and I think a lot of them have given up hope that they can win the next election.
“At the moment, all focus is just really on retaining their seat.
“Interestingly in Labour, their response to these polls they think, no time for complacency.
“They are really ready and raring to go.”
It comes as Liz Truss is battling to save her premiership as Chancellor Jeremy Hunt warned “eye-wateringly difficult” decisions were needed as he tore up her economic strategy.
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Mr Hunt scaled back the energy support package and ditched “almost all” the tax cuts announced by his predecessor Kwasi Kwarteng less than a month ago as he tried to restore economic stability following weeks of turmoil on the financial markets.
Ms Truss became Prime Minister after winning the Tory leadership contest on the back of promises to dramatically cut tax, and the wholesale abandonment of the policies has left her fighting for her job after just six weeks.
She sat next to her new Chancellor in the Commons as he ditched huge chunks of her plan.
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The Government had already abandoned plans to scrap the 45p rate of income tax for top earners and had U-turned over a promise not to increase corporation tax.
The changes dramatically cut the cost of Mr Kwarteng’s £45 billion tax giveaway – reducing it by around £32 billion.
Mr Hunt told MPs: “We are a country that funds our promises and pays our debts and when that is questioned – as it has been – this Government will take the difficult decisions necessary to ensure there is trust and confidence in our national finances.
“That means decisions of eye-watering difficulty.”
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