After asserting his principles and becoming a rebel MP, Lee Anderson resigned as Deputy Chair of the party due to his strongly held views on the Rwanda bill.
Those principles, however, dissipated faster than a Liz Truss government, when he then left the “no” lobby and abstained after being ‘sniggered’ at by Labour members.
It seems the Labour members have been laughing at the Tories for quite some time but with very few policy proposals of their own.
There must be something in the somewhat polluted water of the Trent as on the same day Brendan Clarke Smith also resigned from his position over the bill.
This makes trust in government difficult when people turn on a dime so quickly.
MPs passed the controversial bill by 320 votes to 276.
There has been many U-turns in Tory government history – some memorable moments include Sunak changing his mind and going to COP 27, HS2 is happening – until it isn’t – and most memorably, Partygate: choosing was it a party or just an evening with booze and a cake.
It seems Labour have yet again another tap in to compound the Tory misery but despite the giant open goal Starmer has as he looks to stroll into office.
According to YouGov, people when asked to score out of ten how much they want to vote Labour, the leader of the opposition can only muster a 4.51.
When deciding which of the two parties to choose at the next general election, seeing the Tory crisis over the Rwanda bill seemingly won’t push the 60 per cent of those undecided voters who backed them in 2019 to vote for them again.
Despite the media storms, division in the party and a long way to go for the bill, Sunak will be hoping at least one flight takes off before the election as he tries to tick off his five pledges.
A damning google search
Just typing in the words “Rwanda opinion” into Google brings a myriad of phrases from unlawful to simply “it won’t work.”
A quick search of Rwanda on YouGov shows a real dislike for the scheme as Sunak’s popularity rating continually decreases.
With only eleven Tories voting against the bill and more than eight in ten believing the government is handling immigration badly, it may be time to change course to solve one of Sunak’s five pledges.
The controversies over the bill have given Sir Keir Starmer some lovely soundbites as he lambasts the Tories but it will be interesting to see if he has a plan of his own.