The next prime minister is expected to tell Conservative party strategists to prepare for a snap election next year, according to reports.
Voting ended yesterday in the race to succeed Boris Johnson, with the winner to be announced on Monday.
Tory favorite Liz Truss is expected to shape the party for a fall ballot on October 5, 2023 against Keir Starmer and block his way to form a “coalition of chaos”.
A source told the newspaper that an election after October is “waiting for something good to turn up, but it won’t and you’ll be out of the way.”
The next general elections are not expected before 2024 – and could be held until January 2025.
Tory leadership favorite Liz Truss would be limited to four or five options to go to the polls
Speaking as the vote closed at 5pm, the Foreign Secretary said she believed ‘in a brighter and better future for Britain’.
She said: “If elected Prime Minister, I will never let anyone put us down and I will do everything in my power to ensure that our great nation succeeds.”
She said it had been “fantastic” speaking to thousands of Tory members during the six-week campaign.
“I have a bold plan that will grow our economy and provide higher wages, more security for families and world-class public services,” she added.
“I will do it by cutting taxes, pushing through supply-side reform [measures to improve productivity and competition] and reduce red tape that holds businesses back.
It comes as the Tories could be locked out of power for a generation under controversial ‘chaos coalition’ plans set to be backed by Labor this fall.
Tory election planners have privately voiced fears that Starmer’s party will finally approve plans next month to scrap Britain’s historic first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting system and replace it with representation Proportional (PR) “coalition-friendly”.
She is expected to get the party back in shape for a fall ballot on October 5, 2023 against Keir Starmer and block the way for him to form a “coalition of chaos”.
This follows the decision of two of Labour’s powerful union backers to support electoral reform.
Last night Tory MPs warned the move would be a concession to Sir Keir’s likely Liberal Democrat partners in a weak coalition government.
One, Richard Holden, said: ‘Sir Keir Starmer knows Labor could never get a majority under his lackluster leadership and Labor’s paymasters know it too.’
“That’s why they’re calling for unity with the Lib Dems to change the rules so Labor can sneak in, backed by the Lib Dems and SNP, through the back door.”
Tory MP Richard Holden said: ‘Sir Keir Starmer knows Labor could never achieve a majority under his lackluster leadership and Labor’s paymasters know it too.
He added: ‘Rather than trying to game the UK democratic system, the public would rather see Labor and the unions focus on preventing strikes which cripple our public services.’
However, Tory fears over public relations will embolden Labor campaigners who are pushing for their party’s annual conference next month to vote to include a move to proportional representation in Labour’s upcoming manifesto for the upcoming general election. .
The move follows a similar motion at last year’s conference that failed only after opposition from unions.
But just a month later, Unite – Labour’s biggest donor – changed course and voted for PR in the Westminster elections for the first time in the union’s history.
This was followed in June by another major union, Unison, which voted for proportional representation amid claims that its members were fed up with Westminster’s “distorting FPTP voting system”.
Since then, Andy Burnham – Labor mayor of Greater Manchester and potential successor to Sir Keir – has called on the party to endorse the controversial vote change.
Mr Burnham called on Sir Keir to ‘seize the moment’, although he denied he was advocating for any form of election pact with other parties.
Conservative election planners have raised fears that Sir Keir Starmer’s party will finally approve plans next month to scrap Britain’s historic first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting system. Pictured: Labor leader Keir Starmer looks at heat pumps on the roof of a housing estate in Walthamstow
Andy Burnham (front right) – Labor mayor of Greater Manchester and potential successor to Sir Keir – has called on the party to endorse the controversial vote change
Earlier this summer, the Labor leader himself said he understood how many party members were very keen on public relations – not least when he joined the party in East Surrey, where “every time you vote Labour, the vote really doesn’t count for anything”. .
But he stressed the importance of the “constituency connection” under the current system in which each MP is elected by the voters and responsible to them in a specific area.
As part of a draft motion for next month’s conference, the Labor For A New Democracy campaign is calling on the next Labor government “during its first term” to abandon the “rotten electoral system which systematically gives power to a conservative minority.
However, Tory critics say this would simply lead to weak coalition governments where, after each election, political parties would haggle over who to share power with.
Labor sources stressed that a party conference vote would not bind Sir Keir as to what happens in Labour’s next manifesto.