Nick Boles, a former Skills Minister under David Cameron, dealt Liz Truss a major blow yesterday after he revealed he would vote for Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour Party at the next general election. The Remain-supporting ex-MP for Grantham & Stamford previously played a key role in Michael Gove’s bid for Tory leader in 2016, during which Mr Gove was accused of sabotaging Boris Johnson in the race to replace David Cameron in Number 10.
However, Mr Boles appeared to feel increasingly detached from the Conservative Party during the Brexit years and spectacularly resigned from the whip after his motion to keep Britain in the EU’s single market failed to pass through the House of Commons.
Writing for the Guardian yesterday, the ex-Conservative MP put even greater pressure on Mr Johnson’s successor Liz Truss.
He claimed Ms Truss and her Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng “possess a level of intellectual self-confidence usually found among undergraduates”.
Mr Boles also said the “UK is beginning to discover what it is like to be led by people who despise compromise and lack all humility”.
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The former Grantham & Stamford MP concluded: “[People] will look for leaders who are prudent, responsible and steady.
“Who don’t think they know everything.
“Who listen, and are in touch with people’s everyday concerns.
“I predict that they will conclude, as I have done, that it is the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, and his shadow chancellor, Rachel Reeves, who best fit the bill.”
Chris Curtis, head of political polling at Opinium, said: “One final point on the polls right now.
“It is also important to note that Labour’s numbers are up on a lot of the underlying questions as much as the Tories are down.
“This isn’t just a case of the Tories becoming less popular, but also Labour becoming more popular.”