‘Could get quite nasty’ Truss and Sunak warned brutal clash to split Conservative Party


As Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss battle to become the next Conservative leader, political commentators have warned that the rival campaigns risk fracturing party unity. As the contest intensifies, both finalists have made cruel swipes at one another’s political careers and proposed policies in a bid to snatch further votes of support. However, analysts have suggested the heated debates between the two candidates risk tearing the Conservatives apart and, once seen as divided, the Government will be viewed as incompetent. Professor of politics at Royal Holloway University, Dr Nicholas Allen spoke to Express.co.uk to offer his assessment of the leadership contest as it unfolds.

Dr Allen warned: “It could get quite nasty.

“There is always the danger of a long, drawn-out leadership contest with lots of hustings. 

“Particularly over the summer when there’s not much else going on, the media and journalists will love to cover some of the personal sides of it. 

“There is a risk for the Conservatives that a long, drawn-out campaign could end up with so much more mud being thrown – and a lot of it sticks.”

Dr Allen suggested the snide comments and criticisms prompted by the leadership rivalry could have a long-term and damaging impact on the image of the Conservative party.

He continued: “The party could end up looking very disunited and very divided – of course, relating to that, perhaps less competent.”

He concluded: “I don’t think it’s going to be a good summer for the Conservatives.” 

Mr Sunak has already faced backlash over his conduct towards rival Ms Truss during a televised BBC debate between the two leadership hopefuls.

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Mr Sunak has already faced backlash over his conduct towards rival Ms Truss during a televised BBC debate between the two leadership hopefuls.



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