And one MP has said the situation is so bad, canvassers are likely to refuse to knock on doors. Deputy Prime Minister David Lidington dashed linger
And one MP has said the situation is so bad, canvassers are likely to refuse to knock on doors. Deputy Prime Minister David Lidington dashed lingering hopes that the Conservatives could avoid having the field candidates earlier this week, acknowledging there was not enough time to get Mrs May’s Brexit divorce deal through the Commons. And his admission raises the prospect of a ballot box drubbing as voters take out their frustrations over the ongoing impasse on the Tories.
The MP told the Financial Times: “It’s awful. We don’t have a hope in hell.
“I’ve had angry emails about the bloody postal leaflets landing this week.
“There’s no chance the volunteers will be knocking on doors for it.”
Another party insider added: “There are some people in Conservative Party headquarters who think we’ll poll less than 10 percent.
“We could come in behind the Brexit party, Labour, Liberal Democrats and even the Greens and Change UK.”
Few MPs are likely to campaign in the lead-up to the vote, having written the party’s chances off already.
Brexiteer Marian Caulfield has even gone so far as to say she might not even vote for her Conservative candidate.
Asked if she would vote for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party instead, she said: “I don’t know.
“I will wait and see what the candidates are and make my decision then.”
Speaking last month, Ashley Fox MEP, Tory group leader in Brussels, admitted he and his colleagues had been “left holding the baby” over Brexit by Parliament’s failure to pass Mrs May’s deal.
Mr Fox, who is therefore facing the unappealing prospect of standing for the South West England and Gibraltar seat once again, said it would be “very unfortunate” if the elections went through, adding: “I very much hope that there will be a deal and I hope that these elections do not have to take place.
“My entire office is packed up in cardboard boxes.
“If the elections are held and I have to stay then I’ll have to unpack them.”
While he placed the bulk of the blame on the Labour Party, Mr Fox also refused to absolve Mrs May of blame for the ongoing gridlock.
He said: “I do think she has done her best but she is the boss and it is understandable that voters hold her responsible.
“But the House of Commons has a responsibility as well – yet they first vetoed her deal, then voted down no-deal.”