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Former Tory councillor for North Shropshire, Anthony Allen, has defected to the Reclaim party and asserted, “the Conservatives simply aren’t conservative anymore”. He added that the party have “gone soft on illegal immigration, they’ve lost control of taxation and are obsessed with crippling green taxes nobody wants”.

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The news comes as Mark Whittle, deputy mayor of Market Drayton in North Shropshire, joined Reform UK which is led by Richard Tice and was formerly the Brexit Party.

Only last week, Old Bexley and Sidcup slipped from its position as a Conservative stronghold after the by-election saw the Tory majority cut from nearly 19,000 votes to 4,478, whilst Labour experienced a surge in in the polls.

Lord Norman Tebbit, former MP and member of the Conservative Party, has warned of the “real danger” the Prime Minister now faces.

Boris Johnson and Michael Gove will deploy to North Shropshire to campaign for the seat, as a sense of worry seems to be in the air.

Writing for the Telegraph, Lord Tebbit said: “The minds of the staff at Conservative headquarters will now have turned to the impending by-election in North Shropshire, brought about by the resignation of Owen Paterson.

“Despite Paterson’s majority of almost 23,000 it will not be an easy election for the Tories to win, for there are too many things going awry for the Government.

“The arrival of the new, seemingly highly infectious variant of Covid cannot be blamed on Johnson.

“But there is the question of whether the measures he has taken on travel, masks and meetings will have some impact on family plans for Christmas.

“Moreover, the opposition parties will project Paterson’s conduct into a charge of sleaze against Johnson himself and the Government from top to bottom.

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“I doubt that many long-term Conservatives would be tempted to defect to the increasingly green-tinted Liberal Democrats or the sluggish and divided Labour Party of Sir Keir Starmer.

“However, Richard Tice’s Reform UK is a different matter.

“It has roots in the Brexit movement and champions anti-statist, neo-Thatcherite economic and social attitudes which could be attractive to Conservative voters harbouring doubts about Boris Johnson.

“My money would be on the Tories to hang on to North Shropshire, but with a very much reduced majority, with a lot of their vote going to Reform UK.

“That would put Boris Johnson in real danger.

“I have no doubt that the Prime Minister thinks instinctively as a Conservative, but time and again he shows himself as a man of thoughts and words rather than action.”

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After a year of huge tax hikes under the Conservatives, many Tory voters have switched their allegiance to Reform UK, according to polling expert Matt Goodwin.

In September he said: “The Conservative voters who are leaving the party are not switching to Labour.

“A significant number have moved to Reform UK, say they are undecided or would not vote at the next election.

“The revolt on the right might be about to return.”

Since September, however, Labour’s popularity has risen in the polls, with Sir Keir Starmer overtaking the Conservatives for the first time in a year.

Boris Johnson has come under fire from all sides of the political spectrum, after his handling of the ‘Tory sleaze’ Owen Paterson scandal and failed diplomatic communications with Emmanuel Macron.

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