Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his governing party are currently in hot water over sleaze allegations among his MPs. He has recently had to sack his Party Chairman Nadhim Zahawi. Zahawi had come under fire over his personal details regarding tax affairs. Sunak has also had to contend with his predecessor Boris Johnson who has come under criticism from the press due to him allegedly loaning £8,000 to BBC Chairman Richard Sharp with the BBC Chairman himself also coming under criticism. Johnson has recently done an interview with former Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries on TalkTV and denied claims that he tried hiding the parties which took place during lockdown at 10 Downing Street as false.
Rishi Sunak’s party already currently behind in most opinion polls having fallen behind in most polls for well over a year. Most of the original damage had been done during the latter period of Boris Johnson’s time in office and scandals like Partygate and Pinchergate as well as terrible by-election losses to both Labour and Liberal Democrats. Most opinion polls on average also indicate big poll leads for the Labour Party of over 20 points. Many experts however believe that it was Liz Truss’ 45 day tenure as Prime Minister that signalled the supposed death nail for the Tory Party as the average poll lead for the Labour Party jumped from 10 points to 30 points. The chaos of Truss’ tenure as Prime Minister also contributed to the Conservative Party’s poor standing in the polls.
Sunak who took over at the end of October last year has also struggled for authority within his parliamentary party due to his selection of cabinet ministers having pledged to bring back trust to government and politics more generally. These include the controversial reappointment of Home Secretary Suella Bravermann and Dominic Raab as Deputy Prime Minister. Many experts are of the view that the Conservative Party’s position us irrecoverable and would need a General Election defeat to bounce back from as the natural party of government.