Sunak braced for third Tory revolt in just 48 hours over migration

Suella Braverman visits immigration processing centre in Dover

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Rishi Sunak is braced for a third revolt from within the Tory party in just 48 hours, as MPs put pressure on the Government to deport migrants who have arrived in the UK from safe countries. The bill, proposed by Conservative MP Jonathan Gullis, is an attempt to ensure asylum seekers can be removed from the UK regardless of international treaties or other domestic law. The bill would also require the Home Secretary to ignore international court judgements against deportations.

One Tory MP told that a number of “big name” MPs are “locked in” to support the bill.

Another said the issue of migration is “urgent”, warning “lots of MPs agree we’ve got to do something”.

The MP added: “The door is ajar and the issue needs to be addressed”.

They warned Mr Gullis’ bill will add to the already mounting pressure on Mr Sunak and Ms Braverman over the migration issue, urging them to “make changes as soon as possible”.

When asked if Mr Sunak’s Government should be looking to ignore the ECHR’s ruling on Rwanda, a third MP replied: “Yes and yes.”

This will create yet another a headache for the Government, which has been rocked by several rebellions over the last week, with two in the last 48 hours alone.

Yesterday, 40 Tory MPs hit out at the Prime Minister over the tax burden currently being placed on the British public.

Mr Sunak announced a swathe of tax hikes earlier this year, taking taxes to their highest level since the second World War.

A group of MPs, including former Cabinet ministers David Davis and Esther McVey, called on the PM to reassure constituents that “every penny of taxpayers’ money spent on their behalf provides value for money and is not wasted”.

On the same day, Tory donor Lord Cruddas threw his weight behind a new movement for grassroots Tories to “take back control” of the party following the ousting of Boris Johnson and Liz Truss.

The move comes after Tory MPs put Mr Sunak in No 10 without a ballot of ordinary members.

The new Conservative Democratic Organisation (CDO) has already been compared to Momentum – the Labour group that helped Left-wingers secure their grip on the party during the Jeremy Corbyn years.

According to the campaign, rank-and-file Tories feel they are held in “utter contempt by party leaders” and that “their views count for nothing”.

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The CDO will fight for a raft of reforms to “restore democracy” in the party and steer it “back to the centre-right”.

Last week, Mr Sunak was forced to cave on two key issues following pressure from Tory MPs, first on mandatory housebuilding targets and then on onshore wind.

Mr Gullis’ upcoming bill comes amid mounting concern across the country over the migration issue.

Tory MP Sir John Redwood told that he “welcomes” Mr Gullis’ efforts to “highlight a crucial issue” and urged the Government to “get on with the legislation to tackle the problem”. 

Earlier this month, Government migration figures revealed that net migration rose to 504,000 in the year to June 2022.

The latest figures are an increase from pre-Brexit immigration levels, with most of the migrants coming from non-EU countries.

Net migration for the year ending June 2015 – the year before the UK voted to leave the EU – was 336,000.

Last month, Home Secretary Suella Braverman told MPs: “We have failed to control our borders. That’s why I and the Prime Minister are absolutely determined to fix this problem.”

The statistics published also show that there are still 9,242 Afghan refugees in hotels – 15 months after the evacuation.

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