Tories can overturn poll deficit with Rishi Sunak, Theresa May says

Tories can overturn poll deficit if Rishi Sunak restores financial credibility, Theresa May says

  • Theresa May told BBC Radio 4 that Rishi Sunak is rebuilding trust in the Tories
  • Polls suggest Labour are 20 points ahead – enough for landslide election win
  • Former PM acknowledged that Liz Truss’s mini budget ‘impacted’ reputation 

Theresa May has said the Tories can ‘turn it round’ and win the next general election, despite polls suggesting a 20-point gap with Labour.

The former prime minister acknowledged that Liz Truss’s mini-Budget had ‘an impact’ on the Conservative Party’s reputation for sound money, but said Rishi Sunak was rebuilding trust.

‘I think from everything we’ve seen from Rishi so far that actually, he’s going to be able to turn that round by the next election,’ she told the BBC Radio 4’s PM programme yesterday. 

Her comments came as election guru Sir John Curtice’s polls suggested Labour has a 20-point lead – enough for a landslide general election victory.

Theresa May has said the Tories can ‘turn it round’ and win the next general election, despite polls suggesting a 20-point gap with Labour (pictured on November 23)

He said Tory support plummeted in the wake of ‘unforced errors and a deteriorating economic backdrop’.

Ex-Cabinet minister Nadine Dorries warned Mr Sunak yesterday if the polls keep sliding, Boris Johnson would be in Downing Street next year.

She said the former prime minister was the only person who could keep many Tory MPs – such as those in the Red Wall – in their seats at the next election.

The former prime minister acknowledged that Liz Truss’s mini-Budget had ‘an impact’ on the Conservative Party’s reputation for sound money, but said Rishi Sunak (pictured on December 19) was rebuilding trust

‘I think the local elections in May are going to be absolutely difficult for us but Rishi won’t walk,’ she told the Express.

‘It will take a little bit longer than that. I think there is a chance if the polls keep sliding by this time next year we will see Boris Johnson back in Downing Street.

‘Many of the people who were anti-Boris realise they are nothing without their seat. They have no voice, no one is interested in what they will have to say, not even down at the job centre.’

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