Sunaks 4 word small boats pledge will make or break Tories at next election

Danny Kruger shares his worries about Tory party

Rishi Sunak has been warned he now faces a “make or break” situation for his government to end the small boats crisis or lose the election.

Former minister Sir John Hayes, the chairman of the powerful rightwing Common Sense Group, has said that the Prime Minister “must keep his word” and “do whatever is necessary” to tackle the issue.

It comes amid a new civil war breaking out in the Conservative Parliamentary Party over Britain’s continued membership of the European Convention of Human Rights and the jurisdiction of the foreign court in Strasbourg.

The Common Sense Group and many on the right of the party now believe the time has come to end the ECHR’s jurisdiction in the UK, particularly on immigration issues.

But an influential group on the “liberal wet” wing of the party has come out and insisted that leaving the ECHR must not be countenanced.

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“Whenever I am approached by constituents and members of the public the issue of immigration is asked about much more than the cost of living.

“That’s how serious things are and the Prime Minister has to do what he said and ‘do whatever is necessary'”.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who has a lot of support in the Common Sense Group, is known to favour leaving the ECHR or ending its power on immigration issues.

It is understood at least eight cabinet ministers and more than 70 Tory MPs want Mr Sunak to pledge to leave the ECHR in the next Conservative manifesto.

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A ruling by the ECHR initially made in private stopped the flights to Rwanda with illegal migrants last year.

Since then the flights to Rwanda, which were meant to be a deterrent for those making the dangerous crossing on the Channel, have not taken place.

Last month it was revealed that 20,000 illegal migrants have come across the Channel in small boats this year.

While ministers have brought in a new law to allow more rapid deportations there are concerns that it will not stop the small boats and only leaving the ECHR will give Britain control over its own borders.

But the Tory Reform Group (TRG), which is supported by Security Minister Tom Tugendhat and Attorney General Victoria Prentis opposes the move.

The group has claimed it would be “a profound mistake” to leave the ECHR and put the UK alongside Russia and Belarus which are the only ones to exit.

But the assessment has been dismissed by Blue Collar Conservatism chairman and Bassetlaw MP Brendon Clarke-Smith who is pushing for an ECHR exit.

The Red Wall MP said: “The main points I would make are that it’s outdated and has taken on a life of its own since inception.

“The world has changed significantly since it was founded and there are plenty of people around the globe who don’t require such a court, rather than just the Russia/ Belarus examples that are trotted out.

“People are also more bothered about outcomes than processes. If the illegal migration problem can be solved then they won’t care so much about the ECHR, but if it is clearly an obstacle then something will have to be done.

“If supporters of the ECHR want us to remain a member then the best way for them to ensure this happens is to support our legislation and to make sure it is then implemented, without being sabotaged by civil servants, so-called charities or activist lawyers.”

Meanwhile, another leading light on the right of the party, Devizes MP Danny Kruger, founder of the rightwing New Conservatives, admitted that the party is “split.”

He told Camilla Tominey on GB News (video above) that CCHQ has not been selecting enough real Conservatives with conservative values.

Speaking about his new book Covenant: The Politics of Home, Neighbourhood and Nation, he also joined calls for members to have more say on who their candidates are because “there is a problem with CCHQ”.

“I think there is a lot to do in central office and with the government to reconnect to those voters who put their trust in us last time.”

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