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Reform UK to capitalise on Sunak chaos in plan to take 35 seats from Tories
December 10, 2023
The Tories may have to prepare for the loss of 35 seats at the hands of Reform UK at the next general election.
The latest polling results have revealed a surge in popularity for the party led by Richard Tice as the chaos surrounding Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s term continues.
Tice’s insurgent party is polling at around 10 to 11 per cent nationally, a substantial increase from five per cent just last year. He told GB News he’s “110 per cent ” ready to field a Reform UK candidate in every seat for a general election.
He added: “We’ve just got to keep raising awareness. The more people that hear about us the better. That’s the biggest thing we’ve got to do.
“It’s still the case that we’ll have a candidate in every seat. I’m 110 per cent on that. We are well on track and ready for an April election.”
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Tice spoke to GB News about Nigel Farage’s reaction to the latest polls after he comes out of the jungle. He said: “I think he’ll be thrilled about Reform’s polling. But he’ll be shocked and appalled at what’s happened with Rwanda and the appointment of Cameron as foreign secretary.”
The analysis, from More in Common, shows that if Reform UK did not exist, the Tories would win 265 constituencies across England and Wales, almost certainly depriving Labour of a majority and creating a hung parliament.
However, the picture changes drastically if Reform wins nine per cent of the vote, as projected by More in Common’s most recent polling.
More in Common Director Luke Tryl said: “There’s a feeling that the Conservative Party have talked a good game but haven’t done anything about it, and that frustration is what you’re now seeing driving some Tory 2019 voters into the arms of Reform.”
Pollsters said that if Farage were to campaign for Reform then “all bets are off” and the party could replicate the 14 per cent vote share achieved by the UK Independence Party (Ukip) in 2015.