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Leading Conservatives have warned that Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden should not grow to be the celebration’s caretaker chief if the Tories lose the General Election subsequent week.

Mr Dowden has been largely absent from tv since Rishi Sunak known as the election on the finish of May, the Mirror stories, though he’s anticipated on Sunday Morning with Trevor Philips on Sky News on Sunday.

He is reported to have been a key voice urging the Prime Minister to name the election on July 4.

The Mirror stories that if the Conservatives are defeated, and Rishi Sunak resigns as celebration chief, then senior Tories need to guarantee Dowden doesn’t take over.

According to the paper, a Tory supply mentioned that Mr Dowden should be despatched “into political exile” within the occasion the celebration loses.

The supply added: “He should be nowhere near the leadership of the party in future. A useless DPM with terrible political judgment. He’s one of the reasons we are in this mess.”

Mr Dowden is standing to retain his seat in Hertsmere, which he has held since 2015.

The Hertfordshire constituency has been Conservative since it was created in 1983 and Mr Dowden received a majority of 21,313 in 2019.

However, a recent MRP poll by WeThink suggests that this majority could slip, and even suggested the possibility of a Labour gain in the seat.

In his role as deputy, Mr Dowden takes Mr Sunak’s place at Prime Minister’s Questions when he is not available.

On one occasion, Labour Deputy leader Angela Rayner mocked him, asking if he had realised he had stabbed Boris Johnson in the back to make way for a “pint-sized loser”.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1917037/oliver-dowden-tory-leadership-general-election