The Conservatives are gearing up for the next election, with a spike in support for Reform UK causing concern among Tory backbenchers.
Conservative headquarters is “significantly” upping attempts to lure new donors and is planning to hire campaign managers.
According to a People Polling study released on Friday, support for Reform UK, the successor of the Brexit Party, has grown to 8%.
Its leader, Richard Tice, has said that he has spoken with numerous Conservative backbenchers considering defecting at the next election.
Conservative MPs have voiced concern that individuals who voted for them in 2019 may switch to Reform since the Conservatives “failed to deliver” on immigration.
“The plan is to deliver on the PM’s pledges and campaign on them,” a source added.
According to The Telegraph, the government is reportedly planning a fresh crackdown on small boat crossings in an effort to win over Red Wall supporters.
Darlington MP Peter Gibson told The Telegraph that controlling Channel migrant crossings will be critical.
However, several backbenchers have told Mr Sunak that he must take the danger posed by Reform UK more seriously, citing David Cameron’s underestimate of UKIP.
Lord Hayward, a renowned Tory pollster, said the Prime Minister was correct to prioritise immigration and combating inflation if he is to stave off the Right-wing challenge.