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Tory insurgent Robert Jenrick ‘prepared’ to vote in opposition to Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda invoice

Rishi Sunak faces his greatest private disaster as prime minister within the Commons tonight as he bids to avoid wasting his flagship Rwanda coverage.

A gaggle of 60 right-wing Tory MPs, backed by Boris Johnson, threatened the PM’s deportation laws by backing amendments geared toward toughening it up on Tuesday night.

Lee Anderson and Brendan Clarke-Smith give up as deputy chairmen after siding with rebels, whereas ex-immigration minister Robert Jenrick and others mentioned they have been able to defy the federal government on the showdown vote afterward Wednesday.

If round 30 of the rebels perform their menace, Mr Sunak will likely be handed a humiliating defeated – probably sparking yet one more Tory management contest or a basic election inside weeks.

Mr Sunak’s allies declare the chance of an early election – with an virtually sure large Labour victory – will make the rebels will again off, permitting the PM and his battered administration to reside to struggle one other day.

But Jacob Rees-Mogg urged fellow Tories to “follow the rebels”, insisting that Mr Sunak might “prevent the predicted election wipeout” if flights depart for Rwanda this yr.


Analysis | The Tory civil battle is about a lot greater than stopping small boats

In his newest column, our chief political commentator John Rentoul writes:

The Conservative Party is near giving up. Tuesday’s infighting appears to be in regards to the finer authorized particulars of the federal government’s plan to take away asylum seekers to Rwanda – however it’s actually about how a gaggle of individuals faces defeat.

In order to know the debates and votes within the Commons on Tuesday and Wednesday we have to look to sports activities psychology moderately than to parliamentary process. This is about how a group that has fallen far behind involves phrases with the rising certainty of dropping.

In sport, gamers have two principal methods of coping with adversity. One is to induce one another to attempt to safe a heroic comeback in opposition to the percentages. The different is for them to activate one another and blame somebody, normally the goalkeeper, for the truth that they’re dropping.

On Monday, Isaac Levido, the Australian advisor who’s in control of the Conservative election marketing campaign, pleaded with the dressing room, in any other case often called the 1922 Committee. “Let me be clear,” he mentioned. “⁠Divided parties fail. It’s time to get serious – I am fighting to win this election, and I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe it was possible.”

But Levido’s enchantment was in impact an admission that the celebration had already determined to go down the blame-each-other route.

Andy Gregory17 January 2024 10:18


Watch: Tory minister insists celebration is ‘united’ regardless of big revolt in opposition to Rwanda plan

Tory minister insists celebration is ‘united’ regardless of big revolt in opposition to Rwanda plan

Andy Gregory17 January 2024 10:09


How many Tory MPs are ready to vote in opposition to Rwanda invoice?

Only half a dozen Tory MPs have thus far overtly mentioned they’re ready to vote in opposition to Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda invoice on the essential third studying stage this night.

New Conservatives’ co-founder Danny Kruger and Miriam Cates have mentioned they’re contemplating voting in opposition to the invoice, together with right-winger Marco Longhi.

Ex-immigration minister Robert Jenrick joined his previous colleague Suella Braverman in saying he was “prepared” to vote in opposition to the federal government. And ex-minister Simon Clarke mentioned he wasn’t “f***ing around” as he vowed to vote in opposition to the invoice if it was unamended.

But round 60 Tory MPs voted for insurgent amendments final night time – the most important revolt of Mr Sunak’s premiership. Defiant rebels have informed The Independent that it stays attainable that round half of these MPs might vote in opposition to the invoice tonight – round 30 MPs – which might be sufficient to defeat the federal government.

Most at Westminster nonetheless anticipate Mr Sunak to squeeze house. The Telegraph reported that no less than 15 Conservatives might vote in opposition to the invoice, whereas The Mail mentioned Tory whips predict the revolt to be round 12 insurgent MPs.

Adam Forrest17 January 2024 09:54


Peter Bone’s girlfriend ‘proud’ to have disgraced ex-MP on the marketing campaign path together with her

Peter Bone’s accomplice has mentioned she is “proud” to have the previous Tory MP on the marketing campaign path together with her after he was booted out of parliament for sexually abusing a member of workers.

Helen Harrison, who’s standing within the by-election to interchange Mr Bone, additionally mentioned the panel which discovered him to have uncovered himself to an aide and bodily struck him had “got it wrong”.

Our political correspondent Archie Mitchell experiences:

Andy Gregory17 January 2024 09:45


Rwanda flights can’t be a ‘gimmick’, says right-wing Tory

Deportation flights to Rwanda should take off commonly or the general public will view the scheme as a “gimmick”, Tory MP Jonathan Gullis – who’s contemplating rebelling – has mentioned.

Gullis informed LBC: “What we need to do is have it as a sustainable deterrent. That means having regular flights with lots of people on board, otherwise people will just see it as a gimmick, the voters will see it as a gimmick.

He added: “We will have tried a third piece of legislation in three years and, if it fails, it will be three strikes and you’re out.”

Adam Forrest17 January 2024 09:39


Government could tweak Civil Service code to strengthen Rwanda laws

Illegal migration minister Michael Tomlinson confirmed the federal government is contemplating tweaking the Civil Service code to remind officers to comply with ministerial selections, amid issues by Tory rebels that the Rwanda laws fails to go far sufficient to dam last-minute injunctions from the European Court of Human Rights.

The minister didn’t spell out the precise particulars, however informed BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We are looking at that. What happens at the moment is that civil servants advise, ministers decide, and then our excellent civil servants go on and effect and carry out those policies.

“But, yes, we are looking to see what can be done to strengthen and reassure.

“But in the legislation itself, it says that it will be for a minister to make these decisions, not for a court or not for the judges, and the Prime Minister has been crystal clear that he will not let a foreign court get in the way of this Rwanda policy.

“So the legislation is clear, the Prime Minister is clear, and I am clear, and we’ll hear the details of that during the course of the debate this afternoon.”

Zoe Grunewald17 January 2024 09:27


Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg: My Rwanda vote depends upon overruling ECHR orders

Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg has warned Rishi Sunak that his vote on the Rwanda invoice depends upon a assure that ECHR rulings might be ignored.

The former Tory minister mentioned he “will decide before the vote comes” and mentioned it depends upon the UK having the ability to ignore orders below the court docket’s Rule 39 – which might permit Rwanda flights to be grounded the place there’s a “real risk of serious and irreversible harm” to people.

Speaking to Times Radio, Sir Jacob mentioned: “We’ll have to wait and see … The truth is, I haven’t decided. But I will decide before the vote comes. But I want the government to succeed. I want this policy to succeed. It’s about helping the government have a policy that will be successful.”

Asked what would help him decide, he added: “Will the Attorney General basically agree that a Rule 39 order can be overruled? If that’s the government’s position, that’s really important.”

Archie Mitchell17 January 2024 09:17


Full report: Tory Rwanda rebels hold Rishi Sunak’s fate in their hands

Rishi Sunak faces his biggest personal crisis as Prime Minister in the House of Commons tonight as he bids to save his flagship Rwanda policy.

A group of 60 Right wing Tory MPs, backed by former Conservative leader and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, are threatening to vote down the Rwanda legislation, claiming it is not tough enough.

If 33 of the rebels carry out their threat, Sunak will be defeated – with devastating consequences.

Our political correspondent Zoe Grunewald has the full report:

Andy Gregory17 January 2024 09:14


PM must back rebels to ‘prevent election wipeout’, claims Rees-Mogg

Jacob Rees-Mogg has urged Rishi Sunak to back the Tory rebels seeking to tighten the Rwanda bill in order to “prevent the predicted election wipeout”.

The ex-minister informed GB News: “If the Tory Party followed the rebels, it would begin to restore its popularity by being Conservative.

“If the Prime Minister gets this Bill right and we see flights taking off before the next election, we could just possibly see a revival of Tory support that could prevent the predicted election wipeout.

“It would show a government that listens to and shares the concerns of the British people. Particularly on this issue, because I do feel that the politicians are so out of touch with the British electorate.”

(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Andy Gregory17 January 2024 08:55


Ask John Rentoul anything as dire poll results spark general election woes for Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak is having a tough week – as a fresh split over the controversial Rwanda bill follows crushing polls and surveys highlighting the prime minister’s popularity, or lack thereof.

Focus group research carried out by JL Partners found that members of the public now regard Mr Sunak with barely concealed contempt. According to the top pollster, the Tory party leader is seen as “spineless and false” and makes people “cringe”.

Meanwhile, a poll conducted by YouGov has predicted Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer would win a 120-seat majority if the general election was held tomorrow – a repeat of Tony Blair’s landslide victory over the Tories in 1997.

However, Labour will need a record swing to win a majority, as the party’s path to power has been made more difficult by big boundary changes.

So what do these polls really mean? Are the results surprising? And can they even be trusted? Our chief political commentator John Rentoul will be answering your questions from 11am at the link below:

Andy Gregory17 January 2024 08:51