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Guardian: Tory leadership candidates push to replace PM Sunak – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 04:36:55

Three weeks before the general election, candidates and advisers began lining up behind their preferred rivals, the newspaper’s sources said, and some conservative activists complained that they were inundated with messages from potential frontrunners. The about-face comes after a YouGov poll showed for the first time that the Conservatives were trailing Reform in second place on 18 per cent. This position will lead to a historic defeat for the Conservatives in next month’s election.

Reform leader Nigel Farage said on Friday that a poll shows he is now the de facto leader of the opposition, although the position is likely to go to a senior Conservative after the election. Early favorites to become Conservative leader include former ministers Priti Patel, Suella Braverman, Robert Jenrick, Kemi Badenoch, Penny Mordaunt and Grant Shapps.

The focus on possible leadership elections after July 4 comes amid another difficult week for Sunak. He kicked it off by revealing the Conservative manifesto, but was soon forced to deny accusations that he was out of touch after the broadcast of his full interview on ITV, in which he described Sky TV as something he did without as a child. The interview was broadcast just before he and Labor Party leader Keir Starmer took part in a televised debate on Sky News. However, two-thirds of viewers thought Starmer had beaten them. On Thursday night, Conservatives were shocked by a YouGov poll showing Reform had moved into second place in the polls.

Figures published by the Electoral Commission on Friday showed that donors are also abandoning the Conservatives. Thus, the Labor Party received almost a million pounds in the second week of the campaign, 60 percent more than the Conservatives.

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