Tories lost because we failed to deliver – Jenrick

by | Jul 7, 2024 | Politics

2 hours agoFormer immigration minister Robert Jenrick has said the Conservatives suffered a “devastating” general election defeat because the party failed to deliver on its promises to the public. He told the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg programme the failure to cut migration was “at the heart” of the election result but he also blamed high taxes and “broken” public services. Mr Jenrick, who is on the right of the party and has been touted as a potential Tory leadership contender, did not rule out running to replace Rishi Sunak. However, he said the first step was getting “the right diagnosis of what’s gone wrong” and talk of leadership bids was “self-indulgent” at this stage. Also appearing on the programme, shadow health secretary Victoria Atkins, agreed “this weekend is not about leadership”. Ms Atkins did not rule out running herself but added: “We need to show the public that we understand they have sent us some very, very loud messages, that we are listening, that we are reflecting and then we as a party need to get together and unite and work out what we want for the future.”Ms Atkins, who spent just over six months as health secretary in Mr Sunak’s government, is on the moderate wing of the party and has been tipped as a potential future leader. Mr Jenrick, who resigned from Mr Sunak’s government last year because he believed his Rwanda legislation did not go far enough, said: “The reason that we lost the trust of millions of people across the country is not because we were too left wing or right …

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[mwai_chat context=”Let’s have a discussion about this article:nn2 hours agoFormer immigration minister Robert Jenrick has said the Conservatives suffered a “devastating” general election defeat because the party failed to deliver on its promises to the public. He told the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg programme the failure to cut migration was “at the heart” of the election result but he also blamed high taxes and “broken” public services. Mr Jenrick, who is on the right of the party and has been touted as a potential Tory leadership contender, did not rule out running to replace Rishi Sunak. However, he said the first step was getting “the right diagnosis of what’s gone wrong” and talk of leadership bids was “self-indulgent” at this stage. Also appearing on the programme, shadow health secretary Victoria Atkins, agreed “this weekend is not about leadership”. Ms Atkins did not rule out running herself but added: “We need to show the public that we understand they have sent us some very, very loud messages, that we are listening, that we are reflecting and then we as a party need to get together and unite and work out what we want for the future.”Ms Atkins, who spent just over six months as health secretary in Mr Sunak’s government, is on the moderate wing of the party and has been tipped as a potential future leader. Mr Jenrick, who resigned from Mr Sunak’s government last year because he believed his Rwanda legislation did not go far enough, said: “The reason that we lost the trust of millions of people across the country is not because we were too left wing or right …nnDiscussion:nn” ai_name=”RocketNews AI: ” start_sentence=”Can I tell you more about this article?” text_input_placeholder=”Type ‘Yes'”]
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