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Furious Tory voters reveal key issues as party risks losing next general election

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As the two Tory leadership contenders – Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak – are vying to become the next Prime Minister, the winner will have to grapple with mounting issues such as the cost-of-living crisis, galloping inflation resulting in rocketing energy and food bills, the Northern Ireland Protocol conundrum and indefinite strikes – among many others. According to polls, Red Wall voters, traditionally Labour voters, who turned out in droves for Boris Johnson in the 2019 General Election could vote Labour in the next General Election, as crises multiply.

A business owner told Times Radio: “I know as a builder the cost of materials is having a crippling effect on me on my business. It’s only a very small business.

“But if I can’t get materials at the prices that I’ve quoted, it’s horrendous.

“But that is a general thing – everything is going up. And everything has an impact on businesses and the cost of living for most people.

“What I want is the country I was brought up with that I think we’re losing very, very quickly,” he added, sighing.

A middle-aged woman shared her concerns about immigration and the NHS.

When asked about the key issue the next Tory Prime Minister should prioritise, she said: “I think immigration for one.

“The people that are coming over on the boats should be addressed rapidly.

“And the NHS – get the doctors back to work,” she insisted, as appointment backlogs and the numbers of doctors leaving the NHS grow. 

She also emphasised the importance of addressing the cost-of-living crisis as inflation gallops.

“The cost of living is horrendous, but we’re all in the same boat with that. But I can’t understand why the doctors are not going back to work, and they’re all hiding behind Zoom. That doesn’t sit right with me.”

Ahead of what could be a potentially cold winter for the most vulnerable households who cannot afford energy bills, she added: “At the moment, you don’t need your heating on, you don’t electric on. But come the end of the year, it’ll impact everybody.”

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A young man said: “I mean, my energy bill has gone from £120 to £340. That’s a lot in a short space of time.

“And now they’re talking about it can go up to £4,000 a year,” he added, as energy regulator Ofgem is set to increase the energy price cap to £5,300 a year in April, according to consultant Cornwall Insight.

The two Tory candidates still have two weeks to make their case to the 180,000 Conservative members who are casting their ballot to elect the new Prime Minister. The new Prime Minister will be announced on September 5.

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