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Sunak in Damage Control as Farage Overtakes Conservatives in Polls

British Chancellor Rishi Sunak went into full damage control mode on Friday after Nigel Farage’s Reform UK party overtook the Conservatives for the first time in the general election opinion polls.

Mr Sunak sought to downplay the historical significance of Nigel Farage’s populist Reform Party overtaking the Conservatives, saying “the only poll that matters is the July 4th poll”.

Speaking at a G7 meeting in Italy on Friday afternoon, Sunak said: Said Per Telegraph“I believe the campaign is only half over. The Conservatives and I will fight for every single vote until the very last day.”

“This week you saw both major parties publish their manifestos on the future of our country and there is a very clear choice to be made.”

“What I’m saying is that if the polls and all this stuff repeats itself on election day, it will be a blank cheque given to Keir Starmer and increased tax on people’s houses, cars, jobs, pensions and homes. That’s what will become reality.”

“So I’m going to continue to fight hard to make sure everyone understands the choices that lie before them.”

Sunak was responding to a YouGov poll which showed Sir Keir Starmer’s left-wing Labour party maintaining a commanding lead on 37% while the Conservatives fell to 18%, lagging for the first time in history behind Nigel Farage’s Reform Party on 19%.

in interview and Telegraph On Friday, former Home Secretary Suella Braverman blamed the Conservative Party’s election struggles on its failure to make the significant cuts in immigration that it had promised to the public in several election manifestos.

Ms Braverman, who was ousted from her cabinet post by Mr Sunak last year after criticising the extremism seen at anti-Israel protests in London following the October 7 terror attacks, said: “There should not be this division on the right. If we had a right Conservative party that simply delivered on the things it promised to do – cutting immigration and cutting taxes – we wouldn’t have this division and our approval rating would be another 15 percentage points higher at the moment.”

“If we had done a better job on immigration we probably wouldn’t be suffering from this problem now. I’ve been calling for the Prime Minister to do something about illegal immigration for years but he’s been blocked.”

Braverman also suggested that someone like Nigel Farage would have supported the Conservative party if it had not failed on key issues such as immigration, and said he would be happy if the Brexit supporter joined the party.

In an indication of the divisions within the Conservative party, Foreign Secretary David Cameron on Saturday slammed Mr Farage as “incredibly divisive”, adding: “I see nothing but inflammatory rhetoric and desperate policies coming out of these populists.”

“I want to be as sure as possible that reformists will not enter Parliament and the Conservative party can move forward,” the foreign secretary said. Said London Times.

Mr Cameron, who resigned as prime minister in 2016 after opposing the Nigel Farage-led Brexit referendum, accused the Brexit leader of trying to “destroy the Conservative party as a reform party”. Following an expected Labour victory, Mr Farage has said his aim in this election is to unseat the unsavoury Conservative party as a genuine opposition party.

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