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Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer will in the end discover himself in a “mess” if his celebration wins a so-called “supermajority” within the forthcoming common election, Brexiteer Ann Widdecombe has predicted.

Former Tory MP Ms Widdecombe – who’s now campaigning on behalf of Nigel Farage’s Reform UK – was commenting after Defence Secretary Grant Shapps used the phrase in an interview earlier this week.

The former Maidstone MP, who served in a number of roles the Government of John Major within the Nineties, advised Express.co.uk: “It’s not going to make any difference what sort of majority Labour has, they’re not going to have a small one.

“And the only time when it makes a difference is if you’ve got a very small majority.

“The Tories got a majority 80 seats, which is what they started off with in 2019.

“If you’ve got a majority, then whether your majority is 60, or whether it’s 200, actually it doesn’t affect anything except your own sense of unity.”

She careworn: “So actually, Starmer will be in a bigger mess if he has a very large majority.

“Because there are going to be a lot of people that who are Corbynites and they will feel safe in the way that Tory MPs felt safe after 2019.

“They will feel safe to rebel because they’ll say ‘well, you know, look at the size of our majority’.

“So he’ll have more difficulty with a large majority that he will with a small one.”

A Conservative Party social media promoting marketing campaign is urging would-be Reform UK voters to not threat handing Labour a majority which may eclipse even the 1997 landslide beneath Tony Blair.

Mr Shapps, chatting with Times Radio yesterday, stated to make sure correct accountability “you don’t want to have somebody receive a supermajority”.

He stated: “In this case, of course, the concern would be that if Keir Starmer were to go into No 10 – it will either be Rishi Sunak or Keir Starmer, there’s no other outcomes to this election – and that power was in some way unchecked, it would be very bad news for people in this country.

“A blank-cheque method, permitting somebody to do something they needed, significantly when their specific set of plans are so obscure, and so they say ‘change’, however you haven’t any concept what they really need to change to, apart from the truth that they’ve outlined plans which might value £2,094 to each working household on this nation.”

Labour has disputed the accuracy of the determine talked about by Mr Shapps.

Asked about Mr Shapps’s remarks, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak advised journalists he had “absolutely not” given up hope of victory.

Referring to his celebration’s manifesto launch, he added: “What you saw yesterday is we’ve put a manifesto forward which has got a very clear set of tax cuts for the country, tax cuts at every stage of your life.”

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