Reform Party SURGE in polls heralds 'death' of the Tories

One senior Tory backbencher fears Reform "could kill us"

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The Reform Party has seen an increase in popularity, with a new poll suggesting both Conservative and Labour voters are considering their political options.

Tory backbenchers are now concerned that the former Conservative members heading towards Richard Tice’s Party will lead to a defeat at the next general election, with one reportedly saying: “They could kill us at the polls.”

Reform Party leader Richard Tice
Reform Party leader Richard Tice

In a poll for the Express by Techne UK, the Conservative Party continues to lose ground to Keir Starmer, but it also revealed that the Labour Party have started to drop votes to Reform.

The tracker poll shows the Conservatives have dropped 23 points behind Labour, with the Reform Party on at least 4.5 percent.

In previous polls Reform were not listed, but a growth in support means they will be added in future conversations.

Backbench Tory MPs have told the Express they are “frustrated” with Rishi Sunak for ignoring the signs of growing support for Richard Tice.

One senior Conservative MP said the PM is not listening.

“Reform could absolutely kill us in the polls.

“They are getting these sorts of figures without Nigel Farage. If Nigel decides to properly re-enter the political arena then we will be talking about 15 percent or more potentially.”

Reform Party leader Richard Tice
Reform Party leader Richard Tice

They also blamed Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement, calling it the “final nail in the coffin.”

Speaking to Express, Mr Tice said he believes the government could be “the last ever Conservative government,’ adding: ”If I play a role in achieving that and securing that I will be absolutely delighted."