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PremierLeague-News.Com - ConservativeHome survey gives Ms Truss a 32-point lead as a Tory insider says 'there is talk of a defector already'
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Rishi Sunak’s campaign to become the next prime minister was plunged into fresh turmoil on Wednesday as a second poll suggested he was badly trailing Liz Truss and rumours swirled of a defection from his camp to hers.There were also claims that the former chancellor had stopped gaining endorsements from senior Conservatives because he had already promised jobs to fill an entire Cabinet in the first week of the leadership campaign.And Mr Sunak was dealt a further blow on Wednesday night as his good friend Sajid Javid threw his support behind Liz Truss.The claims of a defection came after a YouGov/Times poll of party members, who will pick the next Tory leader and prime minister, suggested Ms Truss had opened up a 34-point lead over Mr Sunak among .Similarly, a ConservativeHome survey of members published on Wednesday suggested Ms Truss was 32 points ahead.Both polls put Mr Sunak’s support on just 26 per cent of Tory members, with Ms Truss on 58 per cent in the ConHome survey and 60 per cent in the YouGov research.More on Conservative Leadership ContestWhy Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss's policy promises will be impossible to keep03 August, 2022Liz Truss charters ‘luxury’ private helicopter to campaign in Tory leadership election03 August, 2022Liz Truss's U-turn casts doubts that she'll be 'clean break' from Johnson despite poll lead03 August, 2022It came as Tory Giles Watling became the latest MP to back Ms Truss after vanquished leadership rival Penny Mordaunt stunned Westminster by joining her campaign despite a fierce battle to take on Mr Sunak in the first stage of the race when the parliamentary party whittled candidates down to two.Speaking just before Mr Watling, the Clacton MP, announced his support for Ms Truss, a Tory insider told i: “There will be more MPs that come out for Liz.“There is talk of a defector already.”In a devastating intervention, Mr Javid said that Ms Truss had the “willingness to challenge the status quo”, and claimed Mr Sunak’s refusal to cut taxes risked the UK becoming a “middle class economy.
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.“One of the big problems for them is Rishi has sewn up his Cabinet weeks ago so there’s no space for anyone to go to, whereas Liz hasn’t necessarily firmed up all her Cabinet positions so there’s an opportunity if you’re a senior or enthusiastic politician and you haven’t already been promised anything by Rishi there’s potential that you can get something with Liz.“He promised them at the get-go so if you’re ambitious why would you go with Rishi?”Responding to the ConservativeHome poll, a spokeswoman for Ms Truss’s campaign said: “Tonight’s poll shows Liz’s vision for the UK is resonating with members. “They believe in her bold and ambitious economic plan for the country, they know she’s on the side of people who work hard and do the right thing and they trust her to deliver on the opportunities of Brexit. “We are not complacent, and Liz will continue to hustle for every vote over the coming weeks. “She’s really enjoying the chance to get around the country and hear direct from members about the issues that matter to them.”Mr Sunak’s supporters continued to voice scepticism about the YouGov poll, suggesting again that it may be overweighting the opinions in the North of England, where there are fewer Tory members than the South.A campaign source said: “The only poll that matters is the one at the end of this contest. We’re fighting for every vote, getting Rishi’s message out to the members and the country and the reception he’s getting on the ground is really positive.”Both Ms Truss and Mr Sunak’s campaigns were asked to respond to rumours of a defection and did not respond.
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